Arkansas indoor venues will begin reopening today, officials say

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Indoor venues in Arkansas can begin reopening today, according to the Arkansas Department of Health.

From the health directive on indoor venues:

This directive covers indoor venues for commercial, community, or civic events and activities where an audience, spectators, or a gathering of people are present, such as at concerts, plays, movies, lectures, presentations, conferences, conventions, sporting events, races, fundraisers, trade shows, and festivals.

Examples of such venues include auditoriums, lecture halls, movie theatres, other theatres, museums, arenas, sports venues, race tracks, stadiums, gymnasiums, auction houses, amusement centers, barns, exhibit halls, conventions centers, and funeral homes. Examples also include recreational facilities, such as bowling alleys and trampoline parks.

Gatherings subject to this directive also include, without limitation, community, civic, public, leisure, commercial, or sporting events.

The directive does not include churches and places of worship, which are addressed separately.

It also does not address competitive and youth sports, which are addressed separately.

The directive also does not include casinos, which are addressed in a separate directive.

Guidelines for indoor venues are as follows:

 The performers/players/contestants must be separated from the audience by at least 12 feet

and must be limited in number to fifty (50) or fewer.

 An audience of 50 people or fewer is allowed.

 Lines or cues for entrance, exit, making purchases, or for other reasons must be marked or

monitored for maintaining a distance of 6 feet between people.

 Seating must be arranged to maintain a 6-foot distance between members of the audience

 Family groups may sit together but 6 feet should be maintained between groups.

 Every other row seating should be unoccupied to provide for 6 feet of physical distancing.

 Face coverings are required for all persons present, except for children under 10 years of age,

who are exempt.

 Performers/players/contestants may be without a face covering if they are 12 feet from other

persons.

 Signs must be posted at all entrances advising the public not to enter if

o They have fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell.

o They have had known exposure to someone with Covid-19 in the past 14 days.

 Signs must be posted at all entrances advising the public that they may wish to refrain from

entering if

o They are 65 years of age or older.

o They have underlying health conditions including high blood pressure, chronic lung

disease, diabetes, severe obesity, asthma or weakened immunity.

 Hand sanitizer stations must be available at all entrances and exits.

 Refreshments may be served. However, self-service operations, including, but not limited to,

salad bars, buffets, and condiment bars shall not be allowed.

 The facility, including seating, shall be cleaned and disinfected before and after each use.

Frequently touched surfaces shall be cleaned periodically during the course of the event.

Read the directive here.