LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas’ governor says he won’t seek another extension of the emergency he declared because of the coronavirus pandemic, allowing it to expire at the end of the month.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday said the declaration that he first issued in March 2020 because of the pandemic will expire on May 30.
The Republican governor had previously lifted restrictions he had issued because of the virus, including its statewide mask mandate, and a new law expanded the Legislature’s power to end the emergency.
Hutchinson also announced a new ad campaign to encourage people to get vaccinated.