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Posted on: May 4, 2020

Governor Hutchinson 5/4/2020 Press Conference- Places of Worship, Large Indoor and Outdoor Venues

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Governor Hutchinson Daily COVID-19 Press Conference 5/4/2020 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TH_iS6O0lHI 

  • 3,431 yesterday, increase of 27 for a total 3,458 of those 1362 are active cases 

  • Of the 27 new cases, 14 were in correctional institutions, only 13 community cases 

  • From 98, down 7 to 91 hospitalizations 

  • Up to 81 deaths, 5 new deaths 

  • 5 deaths in Cummins correctional unit 

  • 2,016 recovered 

  • 1629 tests, only 27 positives. Very low positivity rate.  

  • 873 cases in Cummins 

  • 172 at the Federal Correctional Institute in Forrest City 

  • 45 nursing homes with cases 

  • 31 deaths in residents of nursing homes 

  • 245 nursing home resident cases, 147 nursing home staff infected 

 

Places of Worship GuidanceEffective today, May 4, 2020 

  • Online platforms strongly encouraged 

  • Signs advise no entry if recent fever, symptoms, or contact with positive patient 

  • 6-foot physical distancing except for family groups 

  • Face coverings worn at all times by anyone over 10 years old 

  • Worship leaders addressing congregation and performing singers may take off face make 

  • 12-foot physical distance required at these times 

  • Hand sanitizing stations at entrances 

  • Meet and greet times moved outside as possible 

  • Refreshments offered outdoors only 

  • Lines for entry/exit monitored for distancing 

  • No physical contact 

  • Eliminate use of items touched by multiple people, like collection plate/shared books 

  • Refrain from having people come forward to common altar tail for Holy Communion, blessing, etc.  

  • No classes for youth or childcare 

  • Sanitize common areas 

 

Large Outdoor Venues Directive- Effective May 4, 2020 

  • Examples: arenas, sports venues, race tracks, stadiums, amusement centers, fairgrounds 

  • 12-foot distance between performers and audience 

  • 50 or fewer performers/players/contestants 

  • Audience of 50 or fewer people 

  • 6-foot distancing in seating, except for family groups 

  • Lines marked/monitored for distancing 

  • Every other row should be unoccupied 

  • Face coverings required for anyone over 10 years old 

  • If 12-foot distancing maintained from all others, no face covering required for performer/player/contestant 

  • Signs should advise no entry if any symptoms or contact with positive patient 

  • Hand sanitizer stations at all entrances/exits 

  • Refreshments allowed, but no self-service 

  • Facility included seating cleaning before/after each use 

 

 

Large Indoor Venues Directive- Effective May 18, 2020 

  • Examples: auditoriums, lecture halls, movie theaters, museums, areas, sports venues, race tracks, funeral homes, bowling alleys 

  • 12-foot distance between performers and audience 

  • 50 or fewer performers/players/contestants 

  • Audience of 50 or fewer people 

  • 6-foot distancing in seating, except for family groups 

  • Lines marked/monitored for distancing 

  • Every other row should be unoccupied  

  • Face coverings required for anyone over 10 years old 

  • If 12-foot distancing maintained from all others, no face covering required for performer/player/contestant 

  • Signs should advise no entry if any symptoms or contact with positive patient 

  • Hand sanitizer stations at all entrances/exits 

  • Refreshments allowed, but no self-service 

  • Facility included seating cleaning before/after each use 

  • Does not include casinos 

 

 

Arkansas Ready for Business Grant Program:  

  • $55 Million grant program open to all industry sectors at www.ArkansasEDC.com/COVID19 

  • $1k per full time employee, $100k cap per company 

  • >15% for women and minority owned businesses and >75% for businesses with 50 or fewer employees 

  • Existing applications remain in consideration; website re-opens at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, May 5 

  • Simple application process: driver’s license, singed W-9, and certificate of good standing 

  • Application website will close at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6 to review submissions 

 

 

 

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