COVID-19 Resources for Librarians

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

Resources for Health and Well-Being

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