Some Ark. businesses, schools to continue mask policy after state mandate lifted

Some Ark. businesses, schools to continue mask policy after state mandate lifted
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(KSLA) - Ark. Gov. Asa Hutchinson has lifted the state’s mask mandate after data shows a decrease in positive COVID-19 cases and a decrease in hospitalizations in the state. But even with the adjustments, things will remain the same for some businesses.

“TASD has successfully provided in-person learning since August 2020,” said Dr. Genia Bullock, director of public relations for Texarkana Arkansas School District.

Dr. Bullock says the district’s success during the pandemic is a result of policies put in place to fight COVID-19. Dr. Bullock says as of now, the district, like others KSLA spoke with, say they will continue with protocols they have used since the pandemic hit. Dr. Bullock says the district is waiting for the school board make the final decision in April.

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“The administration will recommend that we will continue to have the mask mandate in place, which requires both students and staff wear mask and we want to continue that policy through the remainder of the school year,” said Dr. Bullock.

Businesses KSLA talked with Wednesday, March 31 say things will not immediately change as their employees are concerned.

“We just want the safest environment for our customers and our staff,” said Bubba Hagan, manager of Save A Lot in Texarkana.

Hagan also says lifting the mandate will not change their company policy of requiring employees to wear masks.

“And we also will keep the sign on our doors encouraging the customers to continue to wear the mask as well,” Hagan said.

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