Mayor's statement on mask mandate lifting
To Bella Vista residents and visitors:
Effective Tuesday, March 30, Governor Asa Hutchinson lifted the statewide directive regarding the requiring of face coverings, as well as extended the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine to any Arkansan who is 16 years of age or older.
This is a positive sign for our state, and a move forward toward an end to the global COVID-19 pandemic. However, we are not yet completely out of the woods, and it will take individual responsibility to continue on this path and get us all back to a state of normalcy.
For the safety of those who visit our city’s facilities and the safety of our employees, the wearing of face coverings will still be recommended for both visitors and staff within city facilities and required inside when social distancing cannot be maintained or as otherwise posted.
Masks will still be required during Bella Vista District Court proceedings held in person, and public city meetings will still be conducted virtually until further notice.
Our city has worked diligently to help lead the vaccination effort in Northwest Arkansas, and I encourage everyone to get vaccinated if you have not yet had the opportunity. Vaccines have so far proven to be effective in slowing the spread of the coronavirus and protecting families and loved ones from the severity of the disease.
The continued wearing of a face mask in certain situations is a small ask, but one with huge potential for impact on everyone’s lives. I appreciate our residents’ perseverance through what has been a hard and unprecedented year.
I also would like to remind everyone that business owners still have every right to ask their patrons to wear a mask inside their establishments, and to ask patrons to leave if they refuse. In addition, I echo what the governor asked Tuesday: that everyone respect the choices of others – individuals or business owners – when it comes to their safety against COVID.
Let’s continue to be mindful of others, and to keep in our sights the common goal of ending the threat of this virus and returning to our lives spent close to our friends and family. As mayor, and on behalf of all the city’s employees, I appreciate your dedication to your and everyone else’s safety, as we all work together toward a brighter future.
Mayor Peter Christie