Gov. Ducey Says It's Safer to Stay Home During the Pandemic

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is urging residents to stay home whenever they can and to use masks if they have to go out in public during the COVID-19 pandemic. He made those statements at a news briefing yesterday, June 26, but didn't issue an official stay-at-home order or a mask mandate for the entire state, although Tucson, Pima County, and many Arizona municipalities recently passed their own mandatory mask laws.

As cases spike, the governor brushed aside complaints about political rallies in the state, with thousands of people not wearing masks, saying people have the right to assemble. At the same time, however, Ducey decried the situation at some bars and restaurants where employees and patrons have been crowded together, with most people not wearing masks.