Fayetteville mayor declares state of emergency


Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan has declared a state of emergency as part of efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

“This morning after much deliberation I have made the decision to declare a public health emergency,” said Jordan in a statement. “State law empowers me to do this. This action was not taken lightly, and I feel strongly I am doing what is best for the safety of our people. The recurring theme I have seen during my research into previous pandemics is social distancing. Keeping people apart is the most effective action a community can take to stop the spread of a virus.”

Jordan said all city-hosted meetings and events have been postponed until further notice, and encouraged individuals, groups and organizations planning events and meetings to postpone, reschedule or move to a virtual environment.

Jordan said city staff are working to develop a schedule that will not jeopardize the city’s obligation to provide core services.

Information on specific closings and services will continue to be released today, he said.

The city has created a web page with updates for the public at fayetteville-ar.gov/covid19.