Arkansas schools closed through April 17, restaurants and bars must stop dine-in services

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday issued new statewide directives as part of an ongoing effort to help limit the spread of coronavirus.

Hutchinson said in a Thursday press conference that K-12 schools are to remain closed for an additional three weeks until April 17. At that time, the situation will be reevaluated, he said. Alternate methods of instruction (AMI) are to continue through the closure.

The governor also ordered all restaurants and bars in Arkansas to stop dine-in services as of Friday, March 20. Carryout, drive-thru and delivery services can continue. Restaurants licensed to sell alcohol may provide corked or sealed bottles of wine with food purchases, he said.

Hutchinson also said indoor venues, such as gyms, shall be closed to non-essential functions.

During the press conference, Hutchinson said the number of Arkansas coronavirus cases has increased to 62.

Watch the full press conference embedded above, or visit the governor’s YouTube channel.