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Fayetteville City Council approves new mask mandate, enacts emergency clause

The council approved the mandate with a 7 to 0 vote Friday, August 6.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Fayetteville City Council voted Friday (Aug. 6) to enact a new mask mandate and emergency clause, which is effective immediately.

This new ordinance passed with a 7-0 vote, and requires people to wear face masks in public service areas, such as city-owned buildings and some public places.

This meeting was called after a Pulaski County judge temporarily blocked the state law preventing schools and other government agencies from requiring masks. 

The meeting was held virtually and featured some council members in chambers at city hall. 

"If we were requiring masks at this time last year and the situation is this much worse, we should be requiring them this year," said Fayetteville health Officer Dr. Marti Sharkey when recommending the ordinance. 

The City Council is also strongly encouraging businesses in the bity to enforce the mandate as well. "If you're a business, this ordinance does not require you to enforce this mask ordinance," said Ward 2 Council Member Matthew Petty. "You are welcome to require people to wear masks and we encourage you to do so."