BELLA VISTA, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Bella Vista city facilities will be closed to non-emergency public traffic through January 31, 2022, to limit the spread of COVID-19, according to a release from the city.

The closure will be assessed by Mayor Peter Christie at the end of January. Christie cited the dramatic increase of COVID-19 cases due to the omicron variant as the reason to limit public traffic, as well as the number of staff working inside city buildings.

This closure applies to the city’s administration offices at City Hall, Bella Vista Public Library in-person business, Bella Vista District Court, Community Development Services and the city’s Street Department. The lobbies of the police and fire departments will be open to emergency traffic only, except for delivery of supplies.

The Bella Vista Public Library will revert to curbside pickup, effective Tuesday, Jan. 18. Curbside pickup hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday.

The library’s book drop and digital access will remain available during the closure, and library staff is available via email at library@bellavistaar.gov or by phone at 479-855-1753. Card holders may update their accounts if they have expired, and new accounts will be available with appropriate documentation.

If you have business with a specific employee, please contact that employee via email. A staff directory can be found online here. For building permits and inspection services, email permits@bellavistaar.gov. For general city assistance, email info@bellavistaar.gov.

For police and fire non-emergency assistance, call dispatch at 479-855-3771. As always, in an emergency call 911. If you do not have access to email, you are also able to call or text the city’s main number at 479-876-1255.

UPDATE: Judge Ray Burch announced that Bella Vista District Court appearances scheduled for Thursday, January 20 are canceled due to COVID-19. The court office will also be closed to in-person traffic through January 31.

The Bella Vista District Court clerk will reschedule all cases and send notice to anyone who is impacted by this cancellation. Arraignments scheduled for the morning of Thursday, Feb. 3 will be held online via Zoom.

Fines and fees can also be paid online at https://bellavistaar.gov/government/departments/district_court.php or mailed to 612 W. Lancashire Blvd. Bella Vista, AR 72715.