Arkansas Decisions Coming Next Week on Opening Bars, Camps

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LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Tuesday that he will announce next week whether bars and summer camps can open following recent moves to ease other restrictions imposed because of the coronavirus.

Hutchinson said he’ll announce Monday whether bars can reopen, and the decision on summer camps and youth sports will come two days later.

Health officials said at least 4,164 people have tested positive in the state for the virus that causes COVID-19, an increase over the 4,043 reported Monday. The true number is likely higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick.

The number of people who have died from COVID-19 has risen to 95.

Officials said 27 of the new cases in the community are from St. Francis County, the site of a federal prison that has had an outbreak. The Health Department said 332 inmates and 17 staff at the Forrest City facility have tested positive.

Bars have been closed since March 20, and restaurants were allowed to resume offering sit-down service on Monday. The state has banned many gatherings of more than 10 people since March 26, although it has begun easing that limit for some venues.

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