On March 31, 2020, Gov. Doug Ducey and the Arizona Department of Health Services declared people in Arizona need to continue practicing “social distancing” as a way of preventing the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.
The “stay-at-home” order, which will stay in effect until at least April 30, directs Arizonans to self-isolate in their homes, leaving only in a limited set of circumstances, such as to visit essential businesses like grocery stores and pharmacies, receive health care or assist a family member in doing so, serve an essential work function, or get outdoor exercise. Anything that is not deemed as an essential need should be avoided.
What Is Social Distancing?
Social distancing, also called physical distancing, means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. To practice social or physical distancing:
- stay at least 6 feet away from other people
- do not gather in groups
- stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings