Bentonville could become the next Northwest Arkansas city to enact a mask ordinance.
Bentonville City Council Committee of the Whole discussed a proposed mask ordinance on Monday evening.
Discussion and debate on Monday included making limited adjustments to the original ordinance, provided by the Arkansas Municipal League in conjunction with Governor Hutchinson's office.
Adjustments included specifying mask requirements for large organized outdoor gatherings, but not all outdoor activities.
The revised ordinance now moves on to the Bentonville City Council for a vote on Tuesday, July 14.
If approved, it would require citizens to wear face masks or coverings, per suggestions by the Arkansas Department of Health.
Any individual not wearing a mask, if required by a local business, could be asked by the businesses to leave the premises.
Businesses will be able to report non-compliance issues to the city's non-emergency number.
The proposed ordinance has an explicit sunset clause.
It also has considerations for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) exemptions.
Residents can register to virtually view Bentonville's City Council meeting on Tuesday, July 14 at 6:00pm via this link:
Note: Registration to join the ZOOM meeting closes at 4pm.