Mayor Chase, Governor Hutchinson urge creative Easter celebrations
A plea to Arkansans to continue personal protective behaviors but to also think creatively about Easter Services this weekend was stressed by not only Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, Secretary of Health Nate Smith and Monticello Mayor Paige Chase.
"In these difficult and unpredictable times I hope that everyone is following the social distancing directives given to us by Governor Hutchinson," Chase began in a press release Friday, April 10. "Masks are also now to be worn when going out in public and the possibility of interacting with others is probable."
With Arkansas being ranked 45th in coronavirus cases in the United States, the state's measures to "slow the spread" and "flatten the curve" are showing signs of progress and with only 5 confirmed cases in Drew County, Monticellonians are doing their part along with the rest of Arkansans.
"We have been making a difference in Monticello and I appreciate what everyone is doing to slow the spread and flatten the curve. It is working and it is only working because Monticellonians are smart and they care about others as well as themselves," Chase continued. "Thank you for your attention to the details. That is what is making a difference in Monticello and Drew County."
The Mayor went on to pass along an urgent plea from the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement to Arkansans to think creatively about Easter services and celebrations.
"I received an email from the Municipal League with a plea and instructions from the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement this morning urging our local pastors and churches to please hold Easter services creatively and not to congregate so as not to create an upswing in our numbers of cases," Chase relayed in the press release. "Together with other cities and counties we will make a difference."