Vaccine & Mask Information
All Arkansans 12 and older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
The CDC recommends that masks be worn indoors in public, even by those who are fully vaccinated, in areas of substantial or high transmission. Currently the state of Arkansas has a high level risk of community transmission.
ADH’s Guidance for Face Coverings – updated July 30, 2021
Legislation Affecting Public Entities
Act 1002 prevents public entities from enacting local mask mandates. Private businesses can impose their own requirements; however public libraries are government entities and cannot do so. You may continue to encourage patrons to wear masks, but not mandate them. Update, August 6, 2021: Judge Tim Fox of the Pulaski County Circuit Court issued a preliminary injunction against the enforcement of Act 1002. Update, August 18: A Nov. 22-24 trial date has been set for the court case.
Act 977 prohibits state and local governments from requiring vaccinations against the virus as a condition of employment or for members of the public to access services.
Guidance & Resources from the AR Department of Health
- COVID-19 Resources for Hearing Impaired
- Public Health Recommendations in Marshallese
- Self Home Quarantine
- Quarantine Handout — simple explanation of quarantine for posting in break room or staff area
Resources for Health and Well-Being
- How to Wear Masks
- Fabric Mask Pattern with Three Layers
- Instructions for No Sew Face Masks
- AR Connect Mental Health Call Center 501.526.3563 or 1.800.482.9921; available 24/7
- Disaster Distress Helpline 1.800.985.5990; Talk with a trained crisis counselor at SAMHSA’s hotline
- Coping with Stress during Infectious Disease Outbreaks
For more information, contact:
- Jennifer Wann
- Manager of Library Development
- email@example.com or (501) 682-5288