Masks still on in North Little Rock

North Little Rock Mayor Terry Hartwick said Tuesday a mask mandate will be in place for city buildings and masks will still be required at schools in the North Little Rock School District, Superintendent Gregory J. Pilewski said on Tuesday.

The flurry of activity on masks staying in place was because Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced on Tuesday afternoon that the state-wide mask mandate was being lifted immediately but that cities could still continue with masks if they so choose.

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“The City of North Little Rock will continue our mask policy for city-owned buildings until further notice,” Hartwick said in a press release.

The school district “will continue to require masks for the remainder of the school year” and Pilewski added, “we have been fortunate to see a decline in the number of positive cases and the number of quarantines in the North Little Rock School District. This has been possible because of the procedures we have implemented throughout the district, including social distancing, wearing masks, and stressing the importance of regular hand washing.”

Masks will also be required at high school sporting events as well and private businesses inside the city can still require masks for entry. Wal-Mart, for one, is among the many that have said masks will still be required for shopping at their stores.