Fayetteville City Council passes ordinance requiring face masks in public

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UPDATE: An ordinance passed by Fayetteville City Council Tuesday night in a unanimous vote requires everyone to wear masks or face coverings in public areas.

The council added an emergency clause immediately enacting the mask ordinance.

However, a state law requires passed ordinances to be printed in a newspaper before they go into effect.

The ordinance requires anyone in a public business to wear a face mask.

People who are drinking, eating, exercising or in groups of 10 or less with the social distancing of 6 feet or more are exempt from wearing a mask.

The ordinance states wearing a mask does not apply to people in outside settings unless social distancing is not possible.

People with disabling conditions also are exempt.

The ordinance requires businesses of 10 or more people to have masks on-hand to distribute. The council also added a $100,000 fund from the city saying it will buy everyone masks if needed.

It also states businesses must post signs telling customers they must wear a mask before entering. The city posted on its website a sign businesses can print and use.

This is a developing story, stay with KNWA/FOX24 news for the latest.


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan issued a letter to businesses on Monday, June 15.

In the letter, he writes that businesses should post signs requiring masks or face coverings and to refuse service to customers who do not wear masks or face coverings.

The state of Arkansas is currently in Phase Two of its reopening plan.

You can read the entire letter from the mayor below:

I hope this letter finds you and your loved ones in good health. The past few months have been difficult for everyone in Fayetteville, and our business community continues navigating through uncharted territory as the COVID-19 pandemic grows across Northwest Arkansas. Mandatory closures, reduced operations and strict regulations on how to operate safely during a pandemic have created great strain on nearly all the businesses in Fayetteville, particularly those that are small and locally owned.

Despite these hardships, so many in our business community have shown true dedication to reducing the risk of COVID-19 spread. Thank you for everything you are doing to keep your employees and your customers healthy and safe.

As you know, our region has seen a staggering increase of positive cases over the past few weeks. I write today to ask that you take two actions to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and drive down the number of cases in Fayetteville.

First, please post signs at your business entrance requiring masks or face coverings be worn by anyone who enters. Signs in English and Spanish are available on our website.

Second, please refuse service to customers who do not wear masks or face coverings. If your business is required by the Arkansas Department of Health directive to enforce masks for employees and customers—please be diligent about enforcing this directive.

I know that loss of business and reduced ability to operate has created a great financial burden for you. I am also aware that potentially turning away customers who refuse to wear masks may increase that burden. But I call upon you to send a strong message that each of us must do our part to reduce this threat to our community. Please post signs and continue enforcing responsible, considerate behavior in your business.

Fayetteville is a strong, resilient community, and I believe that our people and our businesses will continue working together to get through this challenging time. Thank you for your help to keep Fayetteville healthy and safe.

Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan

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