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NEW: @AZDHS , Gov @dougducey 's office release new benchmarks for shuttered businesses (gyms, bars, movie theaters, night clubs) that want to reopen. Process will depend on a county's level of community #COVID19 spread.
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'On behalf of our entire state, I have a message for every man and woman in law enforcement: You are heroes,' @dougducey says.
'It's incredibly refreshing to actually experience a federal govt that listens to the states instead of making things harder. I've got a clear line of communication with VP Pence and Pres Trump,' @dougducey says. 'Just know that AZ's wants, needs and concerns are being heard.'
'My ask today is: Keep doing what you're doing. We need to say the course here. It's making a big difference for our state,' @dougducey says.
Asked (once again) about unemployment benefits, @dougducey says: 'We're crunching the numbers. and we will have an announcement on this on Friday.'
I am legitimately confused by today's announcement, because these restaurant rules @dougducey rolled out a few weeks ago indicate restaurants should already be limiting capacity to less than 50% of permitted fire code capacity. Am I missing something?
BREAKING: @dougducey says he will issue executive order 'pausing' operation of bars, gyms, movie theaters, water parks and tubing. Targeted reopening date: 30 days from now.
AZ Director of Emergency Mgmt Wendy Smith-Reeve has resigned, per Gov's Office. In email accompanying resignation letter, she wrote that it was 'clear that my role is being addressed by the Governor's staff & (the health dept) which means my presence and function is duplicative.'