At his daily statewide COVID-19 briefing on Wednesday, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said the state will move into Phase 2 of reopening on Monday, easing capacity limits that had been placed on many businesses.
This is despite dramatic increases since late May in the number of active cases and hospitalizations in the state.
Last month, the state began allowing businesses closed because of the virus to reopen, but with capacity limits and other restrictions.
Retail businesses such as restaurants, bars, indoor venues, and more can move from one-third capacity service to two-thirds capacity for the move.
At least 10,368 people have tested positive for the virus in Arkansas. The state has had 288 more positive cases — which now total 3,087 active cases. Over 7,100 have recovered from COVID-19.
Currently, 181 are hospitalized, and 165 deaths have occurred from the virus.
“We are still in the heart of the woods, not out of the woods by any stretch,” Hutchinson said. “We should continue to wear masks and exercise proper and safe distance when either fits the situation.”
And the governor did note that there were 4,839 tests accomplished on Tuesday, keeping the state on course to perform 120,000 tests in the month of June.
Featured image: Arkansas Department of Health Secretary Dr. Nate Smith (left) with Gov. Asa Hutchinson at Wednesday’s briefing.
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