Fayetteville to reopen city buildings on April 19, virtual meetings still available

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Fayetteville’s city buildings will reopen on Monday, April 19, Mayor Lioneld Jordan announced today.

Facilities have been closed since March 19, 2020 because of COVID-19.

Jordan said he’s been hesitant to make the call, but several weeks of declining coronavirus infections, along with vaccine availability, have helped ease his apprehension.

“I also thought it was important that city staff have the opportunity to become fully vaccinated before we invite the public back into our buildings,” said Jordan. “My staff are a priority for me, and it’s important that they have a safe and healthy workplace.”

All visitors to city buildings are required to wear a mask. Masks will be provided at no charge to anyone who does not have one, according to a news release. Visitors are expected to continue following basic health and safety guidelines, including maintaining social distancing and staying home if they are sick.

Jordan said he encourages people to continue using virtual meetings and online services, which will remain available after the offices reopen.

“We are still in a pandemic, which means it is still important to avoid unnecessary risks,” he said. “If you are sick, or you don’t want to wear a mask, or you’re worried about the risk of exposure – please go online or give us a call. Everything you need is available through our website or over the phone.”

The Business Office payment drop box remains operational, and residents can continue to make online payments for utilities, businesses licenses, permits, invoices, parking and more through the city’s payments page at fayetteville-ar.gov/951/Business-Payments.

For more information, visit fayetteville-ar.gov/reopening.