Siloam Springs City Administrator Phillip Patterson has declared a city-wide Public Health Emergency. "We must work together to uphold the health of our community by responding to COVID-19 appropriately. This includes social distancing, which has been shown to work. The City will suspend events, close buildings and will encourage other organizations and groups to limit large numbers of people gathered together", said Patterson. We continue to follow CDC guidelines and recommendations of increased and thorough hand washing. It is vitally important to impose social distancing now, in an effort to "flatten the curve". Please see the attached chart for additional information.
According to the Center for Disease Control, "large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in the United States via travelers who attend these events and introduce the virus to new communities. Examples of large events and mass gatherings include conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other types of assemblies. These events can be planned not only by organizations and communities but also by individuals."
Beginning Tuesday, March 17th, all City sponsored events and meetings open to the public, except the City Board meeting on March 17th, and City permitted events are cancelled through March 30. This includes all events scheduled at the Community Building, Library or any private event that required a city permit. The City strongly encourages any outside organization or group holding public events to cancel. This includes large birthday parties, quinceañeras, weddings, plays, fundraising events, garage sales, etc.
A number of City facilities and services will be closed and or suspended:
- Public Library (closed through March 30) (we will provide information regarding virtual check-outs)
- Animal Shelter (closed through March 30)
- Circuit Court (closed through March 31)
- Recycling services will be suspended (through March 30)
- Public access to Fire Stations will be limited (through March 30)
We encourage those who can pay for utility bills online to do so by visiting the website: www.siloamsprings.com/381/Online-Payments To avoid paying a 3% credit card surcharge, create an account and link the account to your online banking. If the only way you are able to pay is with cash, please wait to pay your bill until after March 30. The City will be waiving late fees for amounts due through March 30 and suspending shut off of services through April 10. Please do not leave cash in the drop box.
The City has cancelled all employee related business travel to meetings through the end of the month and any out of state meetings and training through mid-April and are working with employees who have been potentially exposed to work from home.