News Release

Arizona State Senate Democrats

“We are disappointed again that the Governor refuses to take stronger actions to curb the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus. More aggressive action is needed now to safely open schools in the future no matter what date is picked. Senate Democrats again urge the Governor to take swift and preventative action. Time is not an ally. Act now, Governor to curtail the spread. Lives, not just livelihoods, are at stake.

After significant pressure from legislators, Arizonans and other advocates, the Governor finally relented and thankfully extended the eviction moratorium until the end of October. No one should face homelessness in the middle of a pandemic and triple digit heat. This is just one of the many measures Senate Democrats have been advocating for several weeks to help Arizonans.

We look forward to learning more about the school reopening plan and hope the Governor listens to Superintendent Hoffman and public school educators on what they believe is best for students, parents and staff. Our top priority regarding schools reopening must be community health and safety, and ensuring that our schools have the funding and PPE they need to keep our communities safe. More aggressive mitigation measures now will allow us to safely reopen in the future.

We still need a more comprehensive approach to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Arizona. This fragmented strategy has clear consequences–consequences that could have been avoided had we taken the pandemic seriously earlier. Senate Democrats have repeatedly called for a statewide mask order, ongoing funding for free COVID-19 testing and contact tracing, and PPE for medical professionals and schools. These measures are the only way we can expect to slow the spread of this virus.”

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