Arizona issues stay-at-home order in effort to combat the spread of coronavirus

With the exception of those going out for essential needs, Gov. Doug Ducey announced Monday a stay-at-home order for all Arizona residents in an effort to combat the spread of coronavirus.

The order, which is similar to the one that has recently been implemented in states such as California and New York, will go into effect Tuesday at 5:00 p.m.

Although the duration of the stay-at-home order is currently unclear, the governor is still encouraging people to get out of their homes occasionally while practicing social distancing in the meantime.

“We do not want people to feel trapped or isolated in their homes. The weather is beautiful right now. Find ways to get out and enjoy it with physical distancing,” Ducey said.

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, there are 1,157 cases of coronavirus in the state as of Monday, with a reported 20 deaths linked to the disease.