Fayetteville issues updated business regulations after governor’s orders

Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan issued a new set of city business rules following today’s coronavirus update from Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

During his Thursday press conference, Hutchinson ordered all restaurants and bars in Arkansas to cease dine-in services to help limit the spread of the virus.

In light of that new directive, Mayor Jordan issued an amended policy, effectively immediately, that repeals and replaces a rule set earlier this week which limited occupancy in Fayetteville restaurants and bars.

From the mayor:

  • Bars and restaurants are allowed to provide takeout, curbside and home delivery services only.
  • Restaurants are hereby granted temporary suspension of any and all city regulations that might prevent them from operating as grocery stores/food markets or home delivery service.
  • The maximum occupancy of any bar or restaurant providing the services above shall not exceed 10 people.
  • Licensed restaurants, microbrewery restaurants, distilleries, small breweries, small farm wineries or liquor stores may operate pursuant to the emergency rule enacted by Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control
  • All restaurants and bars shall continue to abide by all Department of Health regulations.

Jordan also issued a new policy regulating occupancy rates and distancing rules in other types of establishments, effective immediately:

  • Theaters, auditoriums, meeting halls, and banquet facilities are required to observe an occupancy rate of no more than fifty (50) and performance restrictions to ensure no patron is seated within six (6) feet of another patron and that ensures any and all performers, actors, speakers, and staff remain at least six (6) feet away from any and all other patrons.
  • Auditoriums and sanctuaries of religions institutions are encouraged to follow this policy for the safety of their members, but are not required to follow all limitations within this policy.

For a full list of city policies, ordinances and resolutions related to the coronavirus outbreak, visit www.fayetteville-ar.gov/3893/City-Policies-Ordinances-and-Resolutions.