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Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday said he would lift some COVID-19 restrictions on barbershops, salons, massage, body art and medical spa businesses on Wednesday.
Restrictions on industry schools will not be lifted at this time.
He said the state is telling these businesses to:
- Allow no more than 10 people inside.
- Operate no more than 30% of the stations at larger facilities.
- Prohibit walk-in appointments.
- Have clients wait outside or inside their cars.
- Sanitize stations in between appointments.
- Keep clients 6 feet apart.
- Record clients’ names and contact information.
- Encourage those who are more at risk for serious complications from COVID-19 to stay home.
- Require staff to wear face coverings and gloves.
- Require clients to wear face coverings when it is practical to do so.
- Wash hands before and after appointments.
- Postpone services if clients display any symptoms.
This is the first phase of a three-phase reopening process. In the second phase, the number of people allowed inside those businesses will be increased, walk-ins may be considered and in-person instruction at schools may resume.
The third phase is a return to pre-pandemic operations.
In addition, Secretary of Commerce Mike Preston said businesses that are reopening should notify the Department of Workforce Services if an employee refuses to come back to work. Those employees will not qualify for unemployment benefits going forward, he said.
The state has recorded 3,321 coronavirus cases. Hospitalizations remain at 95.
Sixty-four Arkansans have died from the virus; 1,973 have recovered from it.