Governor Ducey did the right thing on March 30, 2020, when he issued a State at Home Proclamation for Arizona Residents to adhere to during the Coronavirus Public Health Emergency through April 30, 2020.
Earlier that day he and Superintendent Kathy Hoffman took the proactive step in closing schools for the rest of the school year.
Unfortunately, the Governor, when he issued the declaration, did not narrow the list of the businesses that qualify as “essential services.”
Currently, the list includes beauty salons, pawnshops, and golf courses.
Coral Evans, the Mayor of Flagstaff already took the initiative last week and mandated the closure of beauty salons.
The Mayors of Phoenix and Tucson want Governor Ducey to follow Evan’s lead and issue a statewide proclamation closing the salons and other nonessential business operations.
Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego posted on social media shortly after the Governor’s announcement that:
“Governor Doug Ducey just issued a #StayAtHome order starting at 5pm tomorrow. This order is insufficient if he does not narrow his list of “essential” services. Essential services during #COVID19 are not golf and beauty salons. They are first responders, grocers, pharmacists, and a few others. #StayHome”
Tucson Mayor Regina Romero issued a press statement which relayed:
“Governor Ducey’s order is a step in the right direction. I urge the Governor to take further action to narrow his list of ‘essential’ services to those that are truly critical to maintaining public health, safety, and community well-being.”
If past is prologue, Governor Ducey will probably shortly follow the lead of Mayors Evans, Gallego, Romero, and the other Arizona local leaders that have called for the narrowing of businesses that qualify as essential services.
Most people can live without playing golf or getting their hair cut for the next six weeks. They may not be able to live if they needlessly get the Coronavirus.
This is not a tough decision for the Governor to make.