Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: Officials in Arkansas, US, issue order July 6 allowing local authorities to mandate use of face masks. Other COVID-19 measures in place.

  • Alert Begins: 06 Jul 2020 01:04 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 24 Jul 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Arkansas (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Some business disruptions possible

As of July 6, authorities in Arkansas have issued orders to allow county and city officials in the state to order the use of protective face masks within their jurisdictions. The directive was issued as the state remains on Phase 2 of its economic recovery plan due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Under Phase 2, travelers entering Arkansas from other US states are not required to self-quarantine upon arrival. Residents 65 years and older, and those with underlying health conditions, are still encouraged to remain at home as much as possible. Most previously imposed restrictions are eased, allowing most businesses, including indoor and outdoor entertainment venues, bars and restaurants, and gaming facilities, to operate at 66 percent capacity. Gyms and fitness centers must screen staff and clients for possible symptoms, and personal care businesses can allow walk-in clients, in addition to those who previously establish an appointment. With the lifting of travel restrictions, lodging businesses can provide services to all visitors.

All businesses must enhance sanitation procedures, ensure proper social distancing between customers and between workers, screen workers' health, ensure the use of face coverings for employees and customers, and limit the number of people who enter their facilities simultaneously.

Some transport and business disruptions are possible. Officials could amend the orders on short notice, depending on disease activity in the coming weeks.

Remain courteous and cooperative if approached and questioned by law enforcement officers. Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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