Governor Asa Hutchinson issued a new directive on Tuesday saying that any indoor event with more than 10 people in has to be approved by the Department of Health.

Hutchinson emphasized that it is not a ban on indoor events.

“It just simply means you have to have a good plan approved by the department of health to make sure it’s safe and that you have your distancing you have your mask requirements and the other things that are necessary,” said Hutchinson.

Things that already have separate mandates like restaurants and sporting events will not be subject to this new directive that runs from January 2nd to March 1st.

“We have all kinds of mandates and restrictions that are in place.” Hutchinson said.

The new directive takes effect on Jan. 2 and runs through March 1.