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Saline County, Benton issues 'Stay at Home' order to minors due to COVID-19

Saline County and Benton are doing what they can to keep young people indoors and stop the spread of the coronavirus.

BENTON, Ark. — The governor may not be ready to lock down the state of Arkansas, but Saline County and Benton are doing what they can to keep young people indoors and stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Saline County Judge Jeff Arey issued an Executive Order under his emergency powers to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

Starting on Monday, April 6, anyone under the age of 18 cannot leave their home unless they're with a parent or guardian.

Juveniles in the unincorporated areas of Saline County must “stay at home” 24 hours a day unless they are working, getting medical attention, or buying food or necessary supplies.  

This will be in effect until further notice, but in no event will it remain in effect for no more than 120 days from the date of its execution.

The city of Benton has issued a similar order.

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