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As circumstances lower, Ducey eases restrictions on elective surgical procedures and long-term care amenities – Flagstaff Enterprise Information

With nearly three and a half million vaccine doses across Arizona, we're well on our way to staving off the pandemic and getting back to normal.

Governor Doug Ducey today overturned three executive orders made in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic:

"With nearly three and a half million vaccine doses being given across Arizona, we're well on our way to staving off the pandemic and getting back to normal," said Governor Ducey. “At the beginning of the pandemic, we took the necessary measures to protect vulnerable populations and all Arizonans. Now the vaccine is widespread and we know the virus much better than before. I am grateful to the hospitals, medical professionals, and long-term care facilities who have prioritized the safety of Arizona people, and look forward to reducing what is no longer needed. "

The governor repealed the following executive orders:

Governor Ducey issued Executive Order 2020-10 on March 19, 2020 to temporarily suspend non-material or elective operations. On April 22, 2020, he issued an order to resume election operations if certain criteria were met. With cases continuing to decline, today's arrangement gives hospitals the flexibility to perform elective surgery.

The governor issued Executive Order 2020-22 on April 7 to protect residents of long-term care facilities. At the beginning of the pandemic, the state acted on the best available scientific and federal advice to put in place rules to protect vulnerable residents of long-term care facilities. With vaccination efforts already underway, new guidelines from federal partners, and input from the Arizona Long-Term Care Task Force, Arizona can now reverse some of these restrictions and make additional and off-site visits easier for those in need of care on return without quarantine.

You can find today's Executive Order HERE.

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