Arkansas to allow gyms, fitness centers to reopen next week

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In this Thursday, April 23, 2020, photo a Pulaski County (Arkansas) Sheriff's officer gives out numbers as people wait in line at the Arkansas Workforce Center, in Little Rock. Payouts from the state's Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund soared last week to nearly $17.6 million. (Thomas Metthe/Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas is allowing fitness centers to reopen next week as the state continues rolling back its coronavirus restrictions. Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday said gyms can reopen starting Monday, but with social distancing stipulations. The rules include screening of staff and patrons and requiring 12 feet between people working out. The announcement comes a day after Hutchinson said restaurants could reopen their dining rooms on May 11. At least 3,255 people in Arkansas have tested positive for the virus as of Thursday, and 61 people have died. The number of infections is likely higher because many people have not been tested.