Gov. Asa Hutchinson lifted the statewide mask mandate in Arkansas, effective Tuesday.
The decision to lift the mask mandate came after the Hutchinson, in consultation with Arkansas Secretary of Health Jose Romero, determined that Arkansas has met the guidelines set on February 26. Businesses still have the right to require customers to wear masks, and the governor asked that citizens respect these requirements.
“I’ve talked to a number of restaurant owners who will continue requiring masks within their restaurant for the safety of their employees and patrons,” Hutchinson said during his weekly Covid-19 update. “Please be respectful and mindful that, while the mask mandate has been lifted, many businesses will continue to require it.”
Hutchinson also announced that vaccine eligibility is now open to all Arkansans 16 and older.
“We want Arkansans to get vaccinated because it is our path out of the pandemic,” Hutchinson said. “It is the way to get there quicker, and we want to ensure we give every Arkansan that opportunity.”