Ducey says ‘best’ decisions will be made for Arizona on reopening state

Apr 14, 2020, 6:30 PM | Updated: Apr 15, 2020, 5:34 am
(Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic via AP, Pool)...
(Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic via AP, Pool)
(Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic via AP, Pool)

PHOENIX — With Arizona’s “stay-at-home” order set to expire in about two weeks, Gov. Doug Ducey will soon have to decide the state’s next step in fighting the coronavirus outbreak.

Whether that decision is to slowly start reopening the state or mandating a longer social distancing period is unknown, but Ducey is clear about the approach he will take.

The Republican governor said Tuesday on KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Gaydos and Chad that he’ll make the best decisions relative to Arizona.

Ducey believes the scope of the virus Arizona is facing is different than other states and his response needs to follow that.

“I’m going to make the ones in the light that are best for Arizona,” Ducey said. “What’s happening here is what’s different than what’s happening in New York state and we hope we don’t get there but we’re preparing just in case.”

Ducey has repeatedly deferred to state public health officials on how to deal with restrictions regarding the virus, which has infected more than 3,000 in Arizona.

He’s been more direct in his dealings with how the state economy will recover from the pandemic.

On Tuesday, Ducey asked leaders from Arizona’s lodging and business communities in letters to provide their feedback on a plan for economic recovery.

Ducey said he’d like to open up the state, but only when the time is right.

“It’s not like a light switch that you turn off or on but almost like the loosening of a screw that allows more blood to flow through our economy,” Ducey said. “But we want to make sure from a public health perspective that is the right time to do it.”

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Mesa Police Department Photo)...

Teacher’s aide in Mesa arrested for allegedly sexual abusing 9-year-old girl

A teacher's aide at a Mesa elementary school was arrested for allegedly sexual abusing a 9-year-old girl multiple times on campus.
14 hours ago
(Screenshot/Phoenix Union High School District YouTube)...
SuElen Rivera

Phoenix Union Superintendent Gestson leaving after 8 years at helm

The superintendent of the Valley's largest public high school district is leaving after eight years for a university-level position.
14 hours ago
(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)...

Report: Arizona Jan. 6 rioter ‘QAnon Shaman’ released from prison

Arizona's horned Jan. 6 rioter Jacob Chansley, also known as "QAnon Shaman," has been released from federal prison.
14 hours ago
Follow @KTAR923...

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! makes return to Scottsdale’s Arizona Boardwalk

Fans of bizarre, unbelievable items may be happy to hear Ripley's Believe It or Not! has made its return to Arizona Boardwalk in Scottsdale. 
14 hours ago
(Photo by Jon Cherry/Getty Images)...

Arizona Democrats sue third-party No Labels, Sec. of State Fontes

The Arizona Democratic Party filed a complaint Thursday against Secretary of State Adrian Fontes and newly recognized third party No Labels.
14 hours ago
(KTAR News Photo/Jeremy Schnell)...
Taylor Tasler

Arizona corrections director says drugs getting into prisons, has plan for reform

Arizona Department of Corrections Rehabilitation and Reentry Director Ryan Thornell knows drugs are in prisons and has a plan for reform.
14 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

(Photo by Michael Matthey/picture alliance via Getty Images)...
Cox Communications

Valley Boys & Girls Club uses esports to help kids make healthy choices

KTAR’s Community Spotlight focuses on the Boys & Girls Club of the Valley and the work to incorporate esports into children's lives.
Fiesta Bowl Foundation

Celebrate 50 years of Vrbo Fiesta Bowl Parade magic!

Since its first production in the early 1970s, the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl Parade presented by Lerner & Rowe has been a staple of Valley traditions, bringing family fun and excitement to downtown Phoenix.
(Photo via MLB's Arizona Fall League / Twitter)...
Arizona Fall League

Top prospects to watch at this year’s Arizona Fall League

One of the most exciting elements of the MLB offseason is the Arizona Fall League, which began its 30th season Monday.
Ducey says ‘best’ decisions will be made for Arizona on reopening state