UPDATED 8:13 PM PT — Friday, June 26, 2020
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) is asking residents to follow coronavirus safety precautions amid a rising number of cases in the state. During a Thursday press conference, he urged Arizonians to comply with health recommendations such as wearing face coverings and practice social distancing.
Ducey refrained from issuing any new restrictions on businesses, which were permitted to reopen in May, but began allowing local governments to impose mask mandates last week. The Republican governor then predicted the virus would continue to spread in the state.
“This is Arizona’s time of challenge, I don’t want there to be any illusions or sugarcoated expectations,” he stated. “We expect that our numbers will be worse next week and the week following in terms of cases and hospitalizations.”
— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) June 25, 2020
Ducey further thanked President Trump for allowing governors the flexibility to set their own policies during the pandemic.