Governor Updates

Published by The Bee News

April 7, 2020

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Governor Ducey Issues Executive Order Providing Flexibility On Packaging And Labeling Rules For Local Restaurants

Governor Doug Ducey today issued an Executive Order allowing Arizona restaurants to repackage and sell grocery items they have on hand, including items not normally packaged and labeled for resale. Governor Ducey’s order comes in the wake of the Food and Drug Administration’s recent decision to provide temporary flexibility for nutrition labeling of packaged food.

“Even with dine-in and carry-out options still available to patrons, many Arizona restaurants are struggling due to COVID-19,” said Governor Ducey. “Today’s Executive Order provides flexibility for restaurant owners to safely sell prepared and bulk foods or supplies they have on hand and can’t use right now. We are proud to support Arizona restaurants with this reform.”

The Executive Order will be in effect until further notice. Under the order:

Restaurants currently licensed or permitted to serve prepared food may sell grocery items including, but not limited to, paper goods, cleaning supplies, prepared food in bulk, meat and vegetables whether or not those items are normally packaged for resale or are raw provided that certain provisions are followed. This order does not permit a restaurant that does not hold a current license from the Arizona Department of Liquor Licensing and Control to sell alcoholic beverages.

View the Executive Order HERE.

Previously, Governor Ducey provided assistance to restaurants and bars on March 31, 2020 by deferring the payment of all liquor licenses fees to the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control for 90 Days. More information on that action is available HERE.

Additionally, Governor Ducey yesterday signed an executive order halting evictions in the state for small businesses and nonprofits that are unable to pay rent due to financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. View that Executive Order HERE.

Governor Ducey Issues Executive Order Expanding COVID-19 Data Gathering

Governor Doug Ducey today issued an Executive Order expanding healthcare reporting requirements on hospitals and health care providers to better track data needed to protect health care workers and patients and help slow the spread of COVID-19. The additional data will include the number of ICU beds and ventilators in use for COVID-19 patients, the number of suspected COVID-19 patients visiting emergency rooms and the estimated amount of PPE used per day, in addition to other items.

“Today’s order is about enhancing the data available to us so we can continue to make the best data-driven decisions to protect public health,” said Governor Ducey. “Arizona’s public health officials are working closely with our hospitals and health care providers, and we’ve already seen the benefit from increased data sharing. This additional step helps ensure we are taking all steps necessary to prepare and slow the spread of COVID-19.”

The Executive Order is in effect for 60 days, unless renewed. The measures outlined in the order build upon a previous Executive Order issued by the Governor that accelerated the tracking of COVID-19 cases.

Under the order, ADHS and local health officials will have increased access to medical records. Additionally, hospitals will report the following to ADHS every day:

  • Number of inpatient COVID-19 positive patients or patients with suspected COVID-19;
  • Number of ventilators in use by COVID-19 positive patients or patients with suspected COVID-19;
  • Number of ICU beds in use by COVID-19 positive patients or patients with suspected COVID-19;
  • Number of COVID-19 positive patients or patients with suspected COVID-19 discharged from the facility per day;
  • Number of COVID-19 positive patients or patients with suspected COVID-19 seen in the Emergency Department per day;
  • Number of intubations performed per day for respiratory distress;
  • And the estimated number of N95 masks, surgical masks, face shields and surgical gowns used per day.

The order asserts that ADHS and local health authorities must share personnel, equipment, materials, supplies and other resources to assist in the implementation of this advisory.

View the Executive Order PDF iconHERE.

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More information on Arizona actions related to COVID-19 can be found HERE.

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