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Posted on: April 1, 2020

A Message from Mayor John Mark Turner and City Administrator Phillip Patterson

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A message from City of Siloam Springs Mayor John Mark Turner and City Administrator Phillip Patterson: 

The City of Siloam Springs continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and take our direction from Governor Hutchinson and the Arkansas Department of Health.  

In the interest of the health and safety of the community, the city continues to conduct only essential services along with other work that city employees can while practicing social distancing. We’ve closed park amenities, the library, made public buildings available only by appointment, and cancelled city sponsored events and event permits.   


The city wants to remain transparent in communications about COVID-19. We receive information from the Arkansas Department of Health. The ADH does not share city locations of COVID-19, only county locations. The City can only refer to the number of COVID-19 cases in Benton County. According to ADH they cannot share the cities in which cases have occurred or any hospitals to which patients have been admitted because of privacy issues. They are only sharing numbers in counties. 

Governor Hutchinson continues to lead the state by issuing various orders and directives including no groups over ten, closing in-dining for restaurants, closing indoor entertainment venues, closing barber shops and hair salons and the practice of social distancing. The City will continue to recommend everyone shelter-in-place to the degree possible. The best way to flatten the curve is to practice social distancing and not go out except for groceries, take-out dinners, for medications, etc.  We encourage people to go outside and get fresh air and exercise while practicing the six-foot social distancing rule.  


Additionally, Governor Hutchinson has reserved the authority to regulate the closure of businesses to himself through an executive order. Therefore, the city does not have the authority to close businesses. Nor does the city have the authority to tell retailers how to conduct their business. In addition, only the State has the authority to order residents to shelter-in-place.  As previously stated, we strongly encourage you to shelter-in-place, but the city doesn’t have the authority to require residents to do. 


We encourage you to continue to visit the Arkansas Department of Health website for updates about COVID-19 data and sign up for updates via the City’s website.

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