Arkansas’ statewide face covering mandate has begun, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Monday.
According to the mandate, every adult in Arkansas must wear a face covering that covers their mouth and nose in all indoor environments, where they are exposed to non-household members, distancing of six feet or more cannot be done, and in all outdoor settings where there is exposure to non-household members, unless there is ample space of six feet or more.
The governor added that if it's going to compromise your own safety then obviously common sense has to dictate in those circumstances.
More context: Last week, Hutchinson said the mandate was needed due to the number of coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths.
Arkansas Department of Health has recorded 33,927 cases of coronavirus and 357 deaths since the pandemic began.
At least 471 patients have been hospitalized and 111 are on ventilators, according to Dr. Jose Romero, the acting secretary for the state's Department of Health.