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Posted on: May 6, 2020

City Eases Into Re-Opening Buildings and Facilities

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Based on continuing decline in COVID-19 cases, Governor Hutchinson has begun to ease back the various restrictions that he previously implemented.  To date, these eased restrictions include: 

  • Restaurants – subject to various restrictions, these facilities can begin in-dining services on May 11 with one-third occupancy. 
  • Gyms & Fitness Centers – subject to various restrictions, these facilities can open on May 4. 
  • Beauty & Barber Shops – subject to various restrictions, these facilities can open on May 6; however, this does not include barber/beauty schools. 
  • Large Outdoor Venues – subject to various restrictions, such as audiences of 50 or fewer, allowed beginning May 4. 
  • Large Indoor Venues – subject to various restrictions, such as audiences of 50 or fewer, these facilities can open on May 18.   
  • High School Graduation Ceremonies – may not commence before July 1.


The referenced restrictions can be found on the Arkansas Health Department website using this link:  https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/novel-coronavirus


As Governor Hutchinson eases these State-wide restrictions, the City of Siloam Springs will begin easing local restrictions and re-opening City facilities.

 

The City request that members of the public comply with the following as they enter any City facility: 

  • Please do not enter if you have a cough or fever. 
  • Maintain a minimum six-foot distance from other people. 
  • Wear a mask (if possible). 
  • Sneeze or cough into your elbow. 
  • Do not shake hands or engage in unnecessary physical contact. 


The following facilities will be reopened May 11, or as otherwise noted.  


 LIBRARY: 

  • Curbside pickup will begin on Monday and run through Friday, May 15, from noon to 4:00 pm. Beginning on May 18, the library will open to the public from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Thursday, and Friday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Curbside pickup and drop off will continue on Fridays from 2:00 to  4:00 pm.  
  • Public occupancy will be limited to 30 persons with a 60-minute visitation limit. There will be limited seating. This limited occupancy, visitation, and seating will likely continue for the next 30 days. Summer reading programs will be virtual programs and not in-person. 

TRANSFER STATION: 

  • Expand opening to Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 1:00 pm, and Saturday 9:00 am to noon. 

CURBSIDE RECYCLING: 

  • Restart curbside recycling.  
  • Please note that recycling bins will not be sanitized by City staff.   

COMMUNITY BUILDING: 

  • Community Building – open for Zumba classes, which are subject to the same State-mandated restrictions as gyms and fitness centers and opens for other events limited to 10 or less participants.   
  • Beginning May 16, the Community Building is available for groups of 50 or less subject to the restrictions established by the ADH for Large Indoor Venues.   

 CITY BUILDING LOBBIES: 

  • Lobbies of the Animal Shelter, Community Development, City Hall/Utility Billing, Parks, Police, Fire, Electric, Public Works open to the public for normal operations/services, subject to proper social distancing and groups of 10 or less.  

 COURTS: 

  • Will re-open for defendants to make payments and payment arrangements, subject proper social distancing, and groups of 10 or less. 
  • Beginning May 18, Court will open for arraignments on Mondays and Tuesday beginning at 8:30 am.  
  • Beginning June 1, Court will be open for two different sessions of arraignments at 8:30 am and at 10:30 am.  
  • This schedule will continue until the State Supreme Court decides otherwise.

PARK AMENITIES: 

  • Amenities such as playground equipment, picnic tables, restrooms, and the dog park will open.  
  • Amenities may not be sanitized- use at your own risk. Please do not use if you feel sick or have a fever.  Please maintain social distancing, maintain group size of 10 or less. Cough or sneeze in a tissue or into your sleeve, and wash hands before and after use or use sanitizer.  
  • Sporting facilities will remain closed at this time (basketball, baseball, futsal, soccer). 

FAMILY AQUATIC CENTER and WATER FEATURE at MEMORIAL PARK: 

  • As of April 7, the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) has directed that all classes of swimming pools licensed by ADH are to remain closed until further notice.  The water feature at Memorial Park will be treated the same as Family Aquatic Center .  

CHAUTAQUA AMPHITHEATER: 

  • Based on the current restrictions for large outdoor venues, no events will be scheduled for the amphitheater at this time. 

CITY PERMITTED EVENTS and CITY- SPONSORED EVENTS: 

  • City-sponsored events or City-permitted events –all city-sponsored or city-permitted events are subject to the same ADH restrictions on Large Outdoor Venues and Large Indoor Venues. Exception: City Board of Directors and Planning Commission meetings, which are to be held in the Board Room subject to social distancing, etc. (PC meeting on May 12 will be a virtual meeting due to prior notices). Fourth of July Fireworks display is still scheduled as of now; however, this may change. 

SPRING CLEAN- UP: 

  • To be rescheduled to sometime in July or August before school reopens. 

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