Police in Little Rock, Arkansas, have issued loitering and reckless driving citations after videos circulated Sunday showing a “coronavirus parade,” featuring dozens of people and cars lined up along a street adhering to no social distancing guidelines.
A second video shows multiple vehicles “drifting” in an empty fitness center parking lot with dozens of people watching, KATV reported.
Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr blasted the activities, warning citizens that the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, are “not a game.”
Scott said he was issuing an executive order barring caravanning and said more citations would be issued for those who violate Gov Asa Hutchinson’s emergency order limiting gatherings to 10 people or less. “We will ramp up our current efforts to ensure the health and safety of our resident,” he said.
— Frank Scott, Jr. (@FrankScottJr) April 6, 2020
Arkansas is one of five states with no shelter in place order, and Hutchinson’s state of emergency declaration specifically prohibits local governments from instituting that rule. Four other states have shelter in place orders that do not cover the entire state.
As of Monday, Arkansas reported 875 cases of COVID-19.
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