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Posted on: April 29, 2020

Governor Hutchinson 4/28/2020 Press Conference- Restaurant Phase One Reopening

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Governor Hutchinson Daily COVID-19 Press Conference 04/29/2020 

  • 3,111 cases yesterday up 81 to 3,192 cases today 

  • 1884 active cases, a decrease of 29 from yesterday 

  • Added Montgomery County 

  • Hospitalizations down 11 from 104 to 93 

  • 18 currently on ventilator, down 2 

  • 7 additional deaths, up to 59 total (1/3 of deaths have been those residing in nursing homes) 

  • 1249 who have recovered, increase of 103 yesterday 

  • More recovered yesterday than new cases 

  • Contact tracing- currently 194 people working on case investigations 

  • No new cases in Cummins or additional correctional institutions- all new cases are from “the community” 

  • Hope the peak was April 25, see the trend line going down 

  • Hospitalizations are also on the downward trend 


Restaurants will be open for limited dine in service 

Phase one- May 11 

Resuming dine-in operations: Phase One May 11 

  • Physical distancing between patrons and tables 

  • Reservations encouraged 

  • Face covering 

  • Glove for staff 

  • Daily staff screenings 

  • Frequent handwashing 

  • Pre-order when possible 

  • No groups over 10 people 

  • Senior hour encouraged 

  • No self-service 

  • Clean, disinfect tables, menus after each meal 

  • Bars and restaurants within restaurants prohibited 

Next phases: 

  • Timeline will be based on data 

  • Phase Two: increase capacity to 67% while maintaining physical distance 

  • Phase Three: return to normal operations 


Arkansas Ready for Business Grant Program- $15M to assist companies with the restart phase and to build consumer confidence.  

  • Grant to offset expenses associated with ensuring the health and safety of employees and patrons 

  • Eligible expenses include personal protective equipment, hand sanitizer stations, cleaning supplies and services, and other one-time expenses to enable a business to reopen or resume normal operations 

  • All industry sectors are eligible 

  • $1,000 per fulltime employee, up to $100,000 per company 

  • Employee headcount and eligible expenses backdated to March 1,  

  • Applications will be accepted at 

Steuart Walton- some things will take longer to open up and get “back to normal”. The complexity involved in reopening an economy is profound. Task force is being as specific as possible to each industry and business.  

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