City of Bella Vista Offices Re-Open to the Public
On Monday, May 11, City employees currently working from home will be allowed to return to their office; however, the buildings will not be open to the public until Monday, May 18. Each department will use the week of May 11 to allow employees to acclimate to the “new normal” and to establish proper social distancing, wearing of masks, gloves and the restrictions of gathering of up to no more than ten people per guidelines from the health department. In addition, new routines will be established during this week for services offered by each department.
Plexiglass sneeze guards have been installed at the Community Development Services Office for the front desk area. Similar sneeze guards are being installed in the Library for the check-out area.
On Monday, May 18, except for the Courthouse and the Library, Bella Vista City offices will re-open to the public, with restrictions. The Courthouse will open on May 21 for their first Court session; however, the Court will be closed on Wednesdays until further notice. New Court procedures are being developed based on guidelines from the Supreme Court and the Department of Health. The Library will only offer curbside pick-up beginning May 18. The general public will not be permitted within the Library. We are waiting for guidance from the State Librarian on further steps to prepare a phased-in opening plan. Hand sanitizers will be available for public use while at City offices. Separate hand sanitizers will be available for employees only. Commonly used items such as doorknobs, flat surfaces and pens used by visitors will be cleaned after each use.
No City restrooms are open to the public, with the exception of the Courthouse and only on days when Court is in session (Required ADA exceptions will be permitted).
Any member of the public who wishes to meet with a City employee must make an appointment. Those with an appointment will have their temperature taken and must answer health questions before admittance. They will be asked to wear a mask provided by the City and instructed to wear it throughout the appointment. The City employee will also wear a mask. They will meet in a conference room observing social distancing. Upon completion of the meeting, the room will be wiped down with disinfectant.
The Police Department will offer finger printing services to the public, by appointment only, at a later specified date.
We remain committed to the health and safety of our employees and visitors.