Arkansas issues new coronavirus guidelines for places of worship

Mid-South

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (NewsNation Now) — Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R-AR) announced new guidelines for places of worship in Arkansas. According to the new guidelines, masks need to be worn at all times by all congregants, “except those who are exempt under ADH guidelines.”

“Unmasked congregational singing is the primary driver of transmission in churches – even if people are six feet apart,” the new guidance states.

The number of cases from people who attended a worship service per county. (Photo: Arkansas Department of Health)

Strict 6-foot social distancing is to apply for everyone aside from family groups, both indoors and outdoors, and seating in the sanctuary should follow this distancing.

Hutchinson shared the following data on Tuesday showing COVID-19 case totals in places of worship by county in Arkansas.

“We respect the separation of church and state. They make their decisions on their own governance and how they handle things, but we do provide the guidelines that we ask them to take into consideration from a public health standpoint, and they’ve done a remarkable job in respecting those guidelines,” Hutchinson said.

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