Arkansas lifts some restrictions on smaller indoor events

Arkansas News

Gov. Asa Hutchinson removes his mask before a briefing at the state capitol Monday‚ July 2020 in Little Rock. As more states are enacting requirements for people to wear masks to curb a surge of coronavirus cases, they’re facing resistance from the police expected to enforce those orders. Several law enforcement agencies in Arkansas have said they won’t enforce Hutchinson’s mask mandate that took effect this week. (Staci Vandagriff/The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is lifting some restrictions on smaller indoor events as the state’s coronavirus cases continue trending downward and vaccine distribution ramps up.

Arkansas reported 177 new cases of the virus on Tuesday, but testing was greatly decreased because of winter weather.

But beyond the weather-related decreases, Arkansas’ rolling average of daily new cases over the past two weeks has dropped by nearly 50%.

On Tuesday, Hutchinson lifted a temporary restriction that required any indoor event of 10 people or more to obtain state approval in advance.

Indoor events with 100 people or more still require approval.

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