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Officials urge residents to follow COVID-19 guidelines

The Bella Vista City Council at a special meeting on Monday passed a resolution as a measure to strongly encourage residents to follow the recommended CDC guidelines regarding face coverings and social distancing to help fight the spread of COVID-19.

Though the guidelines are not mandated by city or state officials, Council members and Mayor Peter Christie urge citizens to follow these practices to protect the health, safety and welfare for all.

“Given the continued spike of positive cases in Northwest Arkansas, especially as the July 4th holiday nears, I believe it is prudent to pause for a moment and remind residents and visitors that the virus is still with us and that adherence to the CDC guidelines benefits everyone,” Christie said.

According to the CDC, the best ways to prevent the spread of coronavirus is to wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, use hand sanitizer containing at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available, avoid touching your face, avoid close contact with people who are sick by maintaining at least six feet distance, clean and disinfect regularly touched surfaces daily, stay home if you are not feeling well and cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around other people.

COVID-19 can be spread even if you do not feel sick, according to the CDC. A cloth face covering is meant to protect other people in case you are infected. However, the CDC warns a cloth face covering is not a substitute for social distancing. Masks meant for healthcare workers should not be worn by those who are not healthcare workers, and masks should not be placed on anyone under the age of 2 or who has breathing issues.

A resolution passed by the Council members, unlike an ordinance, does not make these practices law. However, the action serves as a reminder to residents to use common sense and safe practices regarding the spread of COVID-19 and a commitment from city officials to do the same.