Bars in Arkansas will be able to reopen starting on May 26, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said at a news briefing on Monday. Bars inside restaurant facilities can reopen tomorrow, he said.
The guidelines for bars will be similar to restaurants, said Dr. Nate Smith with the Arkansas Department of Health.
“We're going to continue to have the guidance on physical distancing and these other things in our directives and guidance, but we're going to depend more and more on people picking individual action to protect themselves and protect those around them and their loved ones, and as well as public health interventions like testing and contact tracing and less on regulatory mandates,” Smith said.
Hutchinson added that he will visit President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in the Oval Office on Wednesday to talk about the the food processing industry and how Arkansas has dealt with reopening of the economy.
There have been at least 4,813 positive cases of coronavirus in Arkansas and at least 100 people have died, Smith said.