Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced an incremental plan to open specific businesses over the next few weeks.
If the openings go well, he said, the state will open up even more businesses on May 4.
On April 27, elective surgeries will be allowed in clinics and hospitals, but they have to be simple procedures that don’t require an overnight stay. The patient has to have been tested for exposure to COVID-19 before the procedure and must not have any underlying health conditions.
Here's a timeline of the reopenings:
- Restaurants will open on April 29
- Gyms and workout facilities on April 30
- Beauty salons and barbers on May 1
- Places of worship and larger venues on May 4
Hutchinson said he is very comfortable with these target dates and that they must continue to operate in a sequential fashion so that they can measure results.