AzHHA will continue to urge the public to follow CDC guidelines: get your vaccine, wear a mask and stay home when sick.
For Immediate Release │ 3-25-21
Media Contact: Holly Ward │602-445-4327 │[email protected]
AzHHA responds to Executive Order lifting COVID-19 restrictions
PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey today issued Executive Order 2021-06 which rescinds previous executive orders relating to COVID-19 mitigation efforts. This includes the ability of cities, towns and counties to adopt and enforce mask mandates. Under the new executive order:
- Events of more than 50 people will no longer need the approval of local governments.
- Previous business guidance will transition from requirements to recommendations, with businesses having the ability to continue requiring masks and social distancing.
- Bars that have already been allowed to operate as “dine-in” will now be allowed to resume regular operations, with the ability to require social distancing and masks.
While AzHHA understands the toll that many of these mitigation efforts have taken on Arizonans and that everyone wants to “get back to normal,” we believe it is too early to ease up on mitigation. With only 26.8% of our state vaccinated, we are far from achieving herd immunity. Moreover, we do not know much about the new COVID-19 variants circulating in Arizona and other states.
“Proven public health mitigation efforts continue to be crucial until Arizona reaches herd immunity—we have a good start but have a long way to go. We urge all Arizonans to continue to follow the latest public health guidance so we can reach the point where the majority of our community population is immunized against COVID-19. We can put COVID behind us, but we all need to do our part. Our frontline healthcare heroes are counting on you—get your vaccine, wear a mask and stay home when sick,” said Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association President and CEO Ann-Marie Alameddin.
AzHHA believes the science is clear: mitigation works. As such, AzHHA will continue to urge the public to follow CDC guidelines: get your vaccine, wear a mask and stay home when sick.
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About the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association
AzHHA is the association giving Arizona hospitals a voice to collectively build better healthcare and health for Arizonans. As the champion for healthcare leadership in Arizona, AzHHA and its member hospitals explore ideas and take collaborative action at the state capitol, in hospitals and at home to attain the best healthcare outcomes for Arizonans. We put people and patients first through Better Care, Better Health, and Lower Costs. Visit https://www.azhha.org for more information.