• Sara Doan, Northeast Arkansas News

Governor announces state will enter phase two on Monday

JONESBORO, Ark- Governor Hutchinson announced phase two of the states Open for Business Plan will go into effect on Monday, but with the rise in COVID-19 cases, some residents say they’re staying in while another says she’ll still dine in.

“For me personally I’m gonna wait until our numbers start dropping before I feel comfortable going in public places over a long-extended period of time,” says Jonesboro resident Jennifer Reaves. “I realize that there are places taking extra percautions but I’m still not 100% convinced that I’m ready to go out in public yet.”

After over a month of the state being in phase one, that is coming to an end. Restaurants and businesses will now be able to accommodate up to two thirds capacity.

This comes as State Representative Dan Sullivan said Jonesboro businesses would go into phase two on Friday.

While the state is moving into phase two, the governor reminded people that the virus is still here.

“We continue to fight the virus we continue to take it seriously and we understand it’s seriousness reflected by the data we see here today,” says Governor Asa Hutchinson. “We are still in the heart of the woods; we are not out of the woods.”

One Jonesboro woman says she has eaten out multiple times since restaurants re-opened and will continue to do so.

“My experience was really good,” says Jonesboro resident Carly Woods. “Also, the food was hot and fresh which made it even better. I liked the safeness of it because someone was constantly cleaning, we were wearing a mask, constantly cleaning the tables. I would definitely go out again due to the safeness.”

We will continue to update you on phase two once it goes into effect on Monday.

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