The Republican Governor of Arkansas. Asa HutchinsonAsa Hutchinson Alabama’s new abortion law is a sign of the times Sunday shows progress: Democrats declare victory over COVID-19 stimulus; Vaccination efforts provide hope for summer Wrong politicians focus on abortion rather than pandemic MORE He said Sunday that it is time for the “heavy-handed” coronavirus restrictions and mandates to fall by the wayside “as his state prepares to lift its mask mandate at the end of March.
On CBS’s “Face the Nation,” host Margaret Brennan asked Hutchinson why he would decide to lift the mask’s mandate given the apparent hesitancy among many people in Arkansas.
“Well, because we need to continue wearing a mask, social distancing until we get the widely accepted vaccine, but you can do it in two ways. One is by mandate, or you can do it by public common sense,” Hutchinson said. .
“I believe that the time in this pandemic of restrictions and heavy-handed mandates is running out so that people can make good judgments,” he added. “And we hope that will happen even after March 31 if the mandate of the mask is lifted.”
“I believe that the time in this pandemic of restrictions and heavy-handed mandates is running out of the way,” @AsaHutchinson He says @margbrennan as his status approaches March 31, the date to roll back the masking mandates, if conditions allow. pic.twitter.com/6mf4QRlNZ7
– Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) March 14, 2021
Brennan also noted that there is a greater degree of vaccinations among younger Republicans, and Hutchinson acknowledged that resistance could be worrisome in his state, which has voted for the Republican presidential candidate in nine of the last 12 elections.
“We’re seeing that problem, and the poll numbers are concerning because in Arkansas, it’s a very pro-Trump state in terms of the last election,” Hutchinson said. “And then we see that resistance. Whenever we open eligibility for the vaccine, we get over it very quickly because not everyone signs up to take it.”
Hutchinson stressed that his government would wait until the end of the month and look at the data to see if it would lift the mask’s mandate.