Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he’s issued an executive order to create a task force to develop industry-specific plans for the proposed phased reopening of the state's economy beginning May 4.
Hutchinson says the task force will develop plans that will allow businesses some degree of operation, but maintain public health requirements.
"You can open up a restaurant on May 4, but if the public does not have confidence that they're going to be safe, they're not going to go," Gov. Hutchinson said. "They're going to self-select their way out of it."
The group will be chaired by businessman Steuart Walton and the governor said he hopes for faith-based organizations to take part as well.
The task force is slated to meet start up next week, but Hutchinson said guidance from public health experts will ultimately determine what re-openings can be put into effect and whether the May 4 date is feasible for activity.
The governor acknowledged that not all restrictions will be lifted and until there’s a vaccine, social distancing is a part of life in the future.