JONESBORO, Ark- As Governor Hutchinson releases his plans to re-open the state, Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin rolls out his post covid-19 plans, this includes lifting the nightly curfew and gathering input from around the city.
“We’re going to reopen, it’s how do we reopen. We set up next steps and there will be three phases of that. One is the curfew I have set to end that this Friday. The second phase is to get our businesspeople back open. In our next step we will follow the state of Arkansas protocol with how we do that and work with them.”
Mayor Perrin along with his chief of staff plan to speak to local industries including tourism, construction and restaurants to receive their input about re-opening as well as other elected officials from across the state.
Once he meets with those industries Mayor Perrin will share more in-depth plan to re-open.
His third step is assessing the city’s finances.
He knows citizens are eager to have the economy reopen but he wants to make sure Jonesboro does it correctly as he knows the virus is still here.
“We wanna make sure it’s safe to do that we don’t want a spike to go up and down on this COVID-19,” says Mayor Perrin. “It’s still here so we can’t say it’s not. I don’t think we have hit our peak yet and we don’t want to do anything to get that peak to go up real fast because that will put pressure on our medical community so we have to work together to make sure we are doing it properly on a safe basis.”
Mayor Perrin is highly considering requiring masks in public when businesses reopen, and he also wanted to emphasize the amount of COVID recoveries in the state outnumber the amount of new cases.