Arkansas will move to Phase 2 of reopening on Monday, further lifting restrictions put in place as a result of the coronavirus, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Wednesday at his Covid-19 briefing.

Phase 2 allows businesses to operate at two-thirds capacity. The state on May 4 entered Phase 1, allowing restaurants and other businesses to operate at one-third capacity.

The announcement comes as the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Arkansas continue to increase.

According to the Arkansas Department of Health, at least 10,368 people have tested positive for the virus, an increase of 288 cases since Tuesday. The number of active cases increased to 3,087, the number of deaths attributed to the virus increased from 161 to 165, and the number hospitalized increased to 181.

“We are still in the heart of the woods. We’re not out of the woods; we’re still in the heart of the woods when it comes to this health care emergency,” Hutchinson said. “The emergency remains and, in fact, I am continuing the emergency order that does expire in mid June. I’m continuing that for another 45 days.”

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