Arkansas’ largest city is banning vehicle caravans during the coronavirus outbreak after a large crowd of vehicles gathered over the weekend.
Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott announced the executive order on April 6 in response to large crowds that gathered in vehicles at an intersection and nearby parking lots.
“Let me make this plain and clear – COVID-19 is not a game,” Scott said.
The order, which took effect Monday, defines a caravan as five or more vehicles traveling to a location with the intent of exiting them for recreational purposes.
Little Rock already has a nighttime curfew in effect because of the outbreak. Arkansas has imposed other restrictions, including a prohibition on gatherings of more than 10 people, but has stopped short of a broader stay-at-home order.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.
The Arkansas Department of Health on Tuesday said the number of cases in the state has risen to at least 932, up from 927 the night before. Sixteen people in the state have died from the outbreak.
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