Hundreds of Arizona professional medical sent Ducey an open letter this week, outlining the evidence that the masks to save lives and to ask him to ask citizens to wear them.
Partly bowing to the pressure, Ducey announced Wednesday that it would allow local communities to define their own port of the mask regulations.
He confirmed in a press conference that Arizona was headed in a dangerous direction, with approximately 2,400 new cases of coronavirus announced on Tuesday and a further 1 800, announced on Wednesday, and the hospital reports that intensive care units are already over 80% of the capacity.
But just a week before that Donald Trump should come to Arizona for a big campaign rally, the Republican governor continues to resist calls to make masks mandatory in public places across the state.
The masks have become a charged partisan issue, in Arizona, one of the key swing states in the years 2020 presidential election. As thousands of people have looked at Ducey’s press conference live on Facebook, many commentators have asked, “Making masks mandatory!” but others pushed back: “the Breath is not of the assault. Fear is not a virtue,” one posted.
The chair of the Arizona Republican party shared a local Fox News reporters Twitter poll asking the users whether there was a need to “force” people to wear masks, or if the best option was “Not to force. Free choice.”
In Arizona, once a conservative stronghold, is now one of the few states that is being challenged in the November election. Trump is scheduled to hold a campaign rally in Phoenix, with an unconfirmed date of June 23.
Ducey’s Democratic critics have accused several times of doing coronavirus policy choices in response to Trump’s visits to Arizona, rather than in response to public health data.
“I just hope that this is not linked to the Asset of the visit, the unwillingness to make the mandatory call of the masks of the face in Arizona,” said Regina Romero, the Democratic mayor of Tucson, who has publicly pushed Ducey to make wearing a mask mandatory. “But it seems to be tying everything together.”
“These are the people of life,” she added.
In May, a day before the Trump card of the visit to a mask factory production in Arizona, Ducey has suddenly announced that it was accelerating plans for the reopening of the stylists, salons, and dining services coffee, shops and restaurants.
The timing of the announcement was a “suspect”, and of course not a coincidence, an Arizona Republic opinion, the columnist argued at the time, although probably shaped by a rebellion among Republican state legislators against public health measures, as well as the visit of the president of the.
Now, a little over a month since Arizona is a full re-opening on May 15, the coronavirus cases are cases of doping, the number of dead has increased to more than 1,200 people, service workers are speaking out on social media to have to continue to work in the restaurants that remain open even as their colleagues are being diagnosed with the coronavirus, and the president is once again planning a trip to Arizona.
Ducey defended plans to Trumpet to hold a large rally in the state next week.
“There are volunteers of events,” he said. “We will protect the right of people to assemble in an election year.”
Romero, the Tucson mayor, called Ducey ad to “untie the hands” of the mayors, a “positive step” and said that Tucson would be to put a mask requirement in place Thursday.
Arizona is a former public health director Will Humble, who has served under a previous Republican governor, has publicly stated that requiring masks, at least in interior spaces such as grocery stores, is an essential step to flatten the curve and keep the Arizona hospitals from being overwhelmed.
Without any change in the status of public health policies, the latest model of researchers at Arizona State University provides that Arizona hospitals lack of hospital beds at the end of June or beginning of July, and having to go “push state”, of Humble, has declared on Wednesday morning.
“You need to be honest with people: who comes with a different level of care,” Humble said.
While it does not have the mandate of masks at the level of the state, Ducey, has said that wearing a mask was “a matter of personal responsibility,” and that “Last of all” must wear one.
Rebecca McHood, a Democrat who lives in a Gilbert, a wealthy, deeply conservative area outside of Phoenix, said that voluntary wearing of the mask in his neighborhood was very mixed, with almost everyone in his store wearing a mask during a recent day, and the proximity of the Target, almost no wear masks.
As a long-time resident of “a pretty libertarian state”, McHood said that the most she could hope for was that Ducey would constantly message and model good mask-wearing behavior.
“The Arizona GOP seems to just want to lick Trump’s boots and doing what Trump does,” said McHood, who said she had been a registered Republican until Trump has been elected.
Following reports that Arizona, bars, nightclubs, and casinos have been piled up over the past month, Ducey also said that companies need to observe the social distance and the ability of the guidelines.
“If they don’t, there will be law enforcement and that they will be held accountable,” he said.
Jonathan Nez, the president of the Navajo Nation, which has experienced one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in the united states, has announced a new weekend of interlocks on Tuesday, citing concerns about disturbing numbers in Arizona.
The Navajo Nation, to the difference of the state of Arizona, has already requested the residents to wear masks.
“I really believe in wearing masks helps slow down the spread of Covid-19,” Nose said a local press. “And in the state of Arizona, there is no public health order that mandates citizens to wear masks, and maybe that is a factor in this real big pic.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report