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Gov. Ducey lifts remaining COVID-19 restrictions, Tucson Mayor continues with mask mandate

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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey lifted all remaining COVID-19 restrictions via executive order Thursday, March 25. This order follows a previous executive order issued by Ducey lifting occupancy limits early in March.  

In the most recent order, Ducey entirely lifted restrictions on businesses first implemented due to COVID-19; previous health mitigation efforts are now considered recommendations. Cities, counties and towns are no longer allowed to issue orders conflicting with this new executive order, including new mask mandates. 

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"Any city, town or county that has a rule, regulation or ordinance not in place as of March 11, 2020 that is in conflict with the provisions of this order shall not be enforced," the order stated. 

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Ducey's executive order comes as a surprise, even though Arizona recently experienced a decrease in new COVID-19 cases, with Pima County reporting an average of 82 daily cases. 

Tucson Mayor Regina Romero called Ducey's actions "pre-mature" in a statement released on Twitter Thursday.

"Governor Ducey's actions are pre-mature and will jeopardize Arizona lives unnecessarily," Romero wrote. "The vast majority of Arizonans are not fully vaccinated and the threat of more contagious, lethal variants remains."



Almost 27% of people in Arizona have been vaccinated, and about 30% of people in Pima County have received a vaccine according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. 


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UA COVID-19 Test Tracker

Daily (4/9)
1,308 6 0.5%
Total (8/4)
246,487 4,258 1.7%
Includes tests since August 4, 2020
Data from https://covid19.arizona.edu/updates
Updated April 10, 2021