Governor Asa Hutchinson announced Tuesday during his daily press conference that contact sports will not be allowed until the state sees a reduction in COVID-19 cases and moves into the next phase of reopening. This includes high school football.
Hutchinson said that while he is “anxious to play”, he didn’t “expect the movement to take place for going to a phase three, or for opening up for those additional contact sports.” until the numbers go down.
Football teams across the state have been able to hold in-person workouts since June 1 but have been limited to small groups and no contact. So far, these workouts will be able to continue despite the rise in cases across that state.
Regarding the daily COVID-19 numbers, Hutchinson said an additional 520 cases were reported in the past 24 hours, bringing the state total to 20,777. Of those, 5,976 are active cases and 14,531 people have recovered.
There are currently 290 people hospitalized, that’s 10 less than on Monday and there have been five additional deaths, raising the state total to 270.