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Posted on: March 13, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan Declares State of Emergency

Coronavirus March 13 update: Mayor declares a State of Emergency


March 13, 2020

Contact: Lisa Thurber
Director of Communications
(479) 575-8330

Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan Declares State of Emergency

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Out of an abundance of caution, Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan declared a State of Emergency for the city this morning, joining nationwide efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus COVID19. 

“This morning after much deliberation I have made the decision to declare a public health emergency,” Mayor Jordan said in a video-taped announcement. “State law empowers me to do this. This action was not taken lightly, and I feel strongly I am doing what is best for the safety of our people. The recurring theme I have seen during my research into previous pandemics is “social distancing.” Keeping people apart is the most effective action a community can take to stop the spread of a virus. For that reason, I am postponing all city-hosted meetings and events until further notice. I strongly encourage individuals, groups and organizations planning events and meetings to postpone, reschedule or move to a virtual environment. We are working diligently to develop a work schedule that will not jeopardize the city’s obligation to provide core services. Please continue to monitor our website as the information is changing hourly. I will be updating the media throughout the day on specific closings and services.”

The City of Fayetteville is closely monitoring the rapidly changing situation and maintains a web page with updates for the public at


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