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March 13, 2020

Covid-19 - Facility/Event Modifications

In an effort to keep our citizens and participants safe, The City of Bentonville will be taking the following measures regarding COVID-19 for operations for Bentonville Parks and Recreation and the Bentonville Public Library.
Bentonville Parks and Recreation
• Public Parks will remain open. However, all public restrooms will be closed until March 30, 2020.
• All public events taking place on public park property will be canceled from now until at least April 30, 2020 including but not limited to: First Friday, Farmers Markets, Easter at Orchards Park, and Art Stroll.
• The Run Bentonville Half Marathon will be modified to a virtual race.
• Limited hours will be in effect beginning Saturday, March 14, for the following facilities to allow our team appropriate time to properly clean the facility.
o The Bentonville Community Center will open from 9:00am-6:00pm Monday-Saturday and will be closed on Sundays.
o The Downtown Activity Center will open from 9:00am-6:00pm Monday-Thursday; 9:00am-4:30pm Friday; 9:00am-12:00pm Saturday and will be closed on Sundays.
• All youth sports programming will be suspended until March 30th.
• All other classes, programs, and activities will be suspended until March 30th.

The Bentonville Public Library will remain open, but with the following limitations:
• Library hours will be adjusted to Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-6:00pm and regular hours Friday and Saturday 9:00am -5:00pm.
• All library programs and meeting room reservations will be cancelled through April 30, effective Monday, March 16.
• Toys and manipulatives used in the Children’s Library have been pulled until further notice.
• While programs are canceled, library volunteers will not report to work.

• We encourage our patrons to access the library through our many online resources including eBooks and audiobooks at bentonvillelibrary.org.
All other city operations and departments will continue to operate as normal at this time.
These decisions are the result of careful consideration of public gatherings and precautionary measures shared by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Arkansas State Governor Asa Hutchinson, the World Health Organization (WHO), and our first and foremost focus of participant safety and exposure to the virus at large public gatherings occurring at our programs, events, and facilities.
We continue to monitor the situation closely and will communicate with additional information as it becomes available.

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