Greene County will lift their COVID-19 restrictions, while Springfield Mayor Ken McClure announced the city will go to Phase 3 of the Road to Recovery plan on Monday.
The announcements were made during a Friday press conference at the Springfield-Greene County Public Safety Center The city’s order is effective until July 15 but it will be reviewed by officials on July 5.
The surprise action by the county brings unincorporated Greene County in line with Governor Parson’s actions Thursday.
“We know that COVID-19 is still with us and will be with us for some time to come, however we also appreciate that our community has stepped up and continues to work diligently to do their part in helping mitigate the spread of this virus,” Presiding Commissioner Bob Dixon said in a statement. “The ongoing efforts by citizens have made it possible to amend past Orders, loosen guidelines and now allow our Order to expire and issue this resolution calling for increased personal responsibility.”
Dixon noted at the press conference the actions of the Commission does not mean they do not support the actions of city officials.
“This resolution does not diminish at all our respect for all our municipal colleagues,” Dixon said.
The City of Springfield’s Phase 3 order increases the occupancy restrictions in most businesses to 50 percent, a formula that is designed around social distancing requirements.
Businesses in those categories include: Religious services, businesses, entertainment venues, and spectator seating at sporting events.
Businesses that do not have enough space for six feet of physical distancing can require everyone in the business to wear a mask and use a three foot distance.
McClure noted the increased totals of COVID-19 in northwest Arkansas and that local officials are watching to make sure that outbreak doesn’t have an impact on Springfield.
Here is the city’s order:phase3StepDown200612
Here is Greene County’s resolution urging citizens to “exercise good judgment”:COVID_19_Resolution