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Arkansas to Require Face Masks to Combat COVID-19 Surge

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has issued an order requiring people to wear masks in public throughout the state.

The Republican governor issued the order Thursday after weeks of resisting such a requirement. His decision, which takes effect Monday, follows growing support from business and health leaders and comes a day after Bentonville-based Walmart said it would require customers to wear masks in all of its U.S. stores.

Hutchinson had resisted calls for a mask mandate but allowed cities to require them. COVID-19 cases have surged in Arkansas since the state aggressively began lifting restrictions in May to reopen its economy.

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