LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Restaurants and bars across Arkansas will have a new closing time beginning tonight.
Due to a new health directive, businesses that serve alcohol in the state must close at 11 p.m.
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson said the new restrictions are an attempt to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
The directive is set to end Jan. 3.
The directive applies to businesses that are licensed to sell and serve alcohol on their premises, according to a release from the Arkansas Health Department.
Hutchinson said the measure is a “balanced approach” that is targeted, according to the release.
Any person violating the directive could be found guilty of a misdemeanor.
According to the release, punishment could include a fine up to $500, jail time or both.
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