Arkansas releases plans to reopen restaurants

Watch: Arkansas officials explain why state can reopen

LITTLE ROCK, Ark, — Arkansas said they are planning on reopening restaurants to limited service in May.

Phase one of ‘resuming dine-in operations’ will go into effect on May 11. The announcement was made during Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s daily coronavirus briefing.

The news comes after it was confirmed there are 3,192 cases in the state and 59 deaths.

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The rules/guidelines are as follows:

  • Physical Distancing Between Patrons and Tables
  • Reservations encouraged
  • Face coverings
  • Gloves for staff
  • Daily Staff Screening
  • 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 entertainment within restaurants prohibited

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