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Phoenix mayor wants input on impending Gov. Ducey order decision

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PHOENIX — Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said Monday she wants input on Gov. Ducey’s impending decision on whether to extend or alter the state’s “stay-at-home” order.

Gallego told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Gaydos and Chad she has asked Ducey’s office for Arizona mayors to be involved in the decision-making process, but didn’t receive a commitment.

Ducey said last week he planned to make his decision on the order before it expired at the end of Thursday.

The order went into effect March 31.

“He made it very clear he was the only one providing input. We hope he consults with us,” Gallego said about the current order.

“Cities have a huge role in enforcing it and we would love to get time to understand what he’s doing and what he’s thinking so that we can be prepared.”

Gallego said she prefers Ducey follows federal guidelines on when it is appropriate to start reopening the state.

If he does, then Phoenix and other cities would have a better timeline about what to expect and be able to better make preparations.

Ducey has said he will rely on data when making the decision, but hasn’t revealed if he is leaning a certain way.

Some states, including Georgia and Texas, have already begun the process of reopening.

Arizona had reported 6,716 cases of coronavirus and 275 deaths as of Monday morning.

“We feel we could do a better job communicating to the public if we get the chance to understand it, read it and prepare,” Gallego said.

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