Breakdown of Bentonville mask ordinance


BENTONVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Bentonville City Council members unanimously passed a mask ordinance on Tuesday, July 14.

The ordinance requires people to wear face coverings according to the Arkansas Department of Health guidelines — meaning wearing a mask is strongly encouraged when you can’t socially distance.

According to Bentonville Council Member Octavio Sanchez, there are instances where a face covering can be required under this ordinance.

An example would be if a business requires a mask, patrons have to wear one.

There is not a perfect law, there is not a perfect ordinance, there is not a perfect decision on whatever you have to say, but this one is [very good].


Sanchez said this ordinance is what’s best for the city at this point in time.

Other council leaders said this ordinance shows their support for business owners.

“This is not a mandate this is simply an affirmation of what companies have a right to do in their private business in their private right as a business owner to enforce the rules in which they wish to do,” Bentonville Council Member Bill Burckart said.

As of July 14, this ordinance is in effect.

Check out a list of Northwest Arkansas and River Valley cities that require a mask.

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