With the impact of coronavirus quickly escalating, this will serve as a guide for Fayetteville-area updates on the situation. If you have updates to share, please send us a message or comment below.
March 31, 8 a.m. – Arkansas coronavirus cases increase to 508
The number of positive coronavirus cases in Arkansas had increased to 508 as of Monday night, including 7 deaths and 32 recoveries. There are 18 cases in Washington County and 38 cases in Benton County.
March 30, 1:35 p.m. – Arkansas coronavirus cases increase to 473
The number of positive coronavirus cases in Arkansas had increased to 473 as of Monday afternoon, including 7 deaths and 29 recoveries.
March 30, 1 p.m. – Downtown farmers’ market postponed, alternate location available
The downtown Fayetteville Farmers’ Market has been postponed until at least April 25, but farmers are taking online orders for pickup.
March 30, 11:15 a.m. – Arkansas PBS airing weekday lessons for students
Arkansas PBS has updated its weekday schedule to include educational programs for students who are at home during the coronavirus outbreak.
March 30, 10:45 a.m. – City extends permit fee waiver for fishing at Fayetteville lakes
Fishing permit fees will be waived for a while longer at Lake Fayetteville and Lake Sequoyah.
March 30, 8 a.m. – Arkansas coronavirus cases increase to 449
The number of positive coronavirus cases in Arkansas had increased to 449 as of Monday morning, including 6 deaths and 29 recoveries. There are 15 cases in Washington County and 33 cases in Benton County.
March 29, 10 a.m. – Arkansas coronavirus cases increase to 421
The number of positive coronavirus cases in Arkansas had increased to 421 as of Sunday morning, including 5 deaths and 28 recoveries. There are 14 cases in Washington County and 29 cases in Benton County.
March 28, 2 p.m. – Fayetteville Parks & Rec programming still suspended
Fayetteville youth and adult soccer, baseball, softball, ultimate frisbee, disc golf, sand volleyball, and all park volunteer events are still suspended until further notice, parks officials announced on Friday.
March 28, 1:30 p.m. – Fayetteville Public Library to remain closed through April 18
Fayetteville Public Library will remain closed through April 18, officials announced on Saturday.
March 28, 9:30 a.m. – Ozark Regional Transit limits number of passengers on buses
Ozark Regional Transit on Friday began limiting the number of bus passengers to nine people.
March 28, 9 a.m. – Arkansas coronavirus cases increase to 386
The number of positive coronavirus cases in Arkansas had increased to 386 as of 10 p.m. Friday.
March 27, 9:15 a.m. – Arkansas to pay nurses up to $2,000 per month
A $116 million plan to support the Arkansas healthcare system will include paying some nurses up to $2,000 per month during the coronavirus pandemic.
March 27, 8 a.m. – State releases details of new limitations for gatherings
As promised, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has issued a directive temporarily limiting how many people can gather in public and private places. Here are the details.
March 26, 12:40 p.m. – Arkansas coronavirus cases increase to 335
The number of positive coronavirus cases in Arkansas has increased to 335.
March 26, 10 a.m. – Photos: Fayetteville parks amenities closed
Fayetteville has closed all park amenities (see photos).
March 25, 4 p.m. – Group seeks to help displaced local restaurant workers
A new group has established a website to accept donations to help local hospitality workers laid off as a result of COVID-19.
March 25, 3 p.m. – Local gift cards now available at Support Local NWA
A local company has created a website to buy local gift cards with all the proceeds going to the respective local businesses. Nearly 300 options were available as of Wednesday.
March 25, 1:45 p.m. – Governor to issue directive to stop gatherings of more than 10 people
Instead of just recommending social distancing, the governor will soon make it a directive for people to stop gathering indoors in numbers greater than 10.
March 25, 1:30 p.m. – Arkansas coronavirus cases increase to 280
Arkansas coronavirus cases have increased to 280, up 62 since yesterday afternoon.
March 25, 9 a.m. – Washington Regional opens dedicated respiratory illness clinic
Washington Regional has converted one of its urgent care locations into a dedicated respiratory illness clinic.
March 24, 1:30 p.m. – Arkansas coronavirus cases increase to 218, deaths at 2
Arkansas coronavirus cases have increased to 218, including 2 deaths, according to Gov. Asa Hutchinson.
March 24, 12 p.m. – Fayetteville closes park playgrounds, courts, fields and more
Mayor Lioneld Jordan has closed all park amenities, and has prohibited any activity in city parks that’s not compliant with social distancing
March 24, 9:35 a.m. – Graduate Fayetteville hotel temporarily closed
Graduate Fayetteville has closed along with all of the chain’s other facilities across the country.
March 24, 9:30 a.m. – Arkansas coronavirus cases increase to 206
The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Arkansas has increased to 206 as of 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.
March 24, 8 a.m. – Washington Regional further limits visitor policy
Visitors will only be allowed inside the hospital if the patient they’re visiting is in one of six specific categories.
March 23, 2:40 p.m. – State orders more business closures
State officials said all barber and beauty shops, nail salons, massage therapy clinics and tattoo studios must cease operations temporarily.
March 23, 2:35 p.m. – Arkansas individual tax deadline extended
The filing deadline for individual Arkansas tax returns has been extended until July 15, mirroring the federal government’s updated deadline. The state corporate tax deadline remains the same.
March 23, 2:30 p.m. – Arkansas coronavirus cases increase to 174
Gov. Asa Hutchinson said the number of positive COVID-19 cases in Arkansas has increased by nine since Sunday to a total of 174.
March 23, 12 p.m. – UA student tests positive for coronavirus
A University of Arkansas student in Fayetteville has tested positive for coronavirus, school officials announced Monday.
March 23, 10 a.m. – Fayetteville shifts to virtual public meetings
The city hopes to use the Zoom video conference platform to receive public input from residents during City Council and Planning Commission meetings.
March 23, 9 a.m. – Group seeks help with homemade masks for healthcare workers
A local group is asking for help with homemade masks that will be distributed to local hospitals and medical clinics.
March 22, 1:30 p.m. – Arkansas coronavirus cases increase to 165
Gov. Asa Hutchinson said the number of positive COVID-19 cases in Arkansas has increased to 165. Hutchinson said it’s the largest daily increase since testing began, but testing has also increased daily.
March 21, 1 p.m. – Arkansas coronavirus cases increase to 118
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Arkansas is now 118, according to the state Department of Health.
March 21, 8 a.m. – Fayetteville forms task force to help small businesses
Mayor Jordan has announced the formation of the Small Business Resiliency Task Force designed to assist, explore and develop resources for small businesses impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.
March 21, 7:30 a.m. – XNA limits terminal access
Northwest Arkansas National Airport (XNA) will only allow people who are traveling to enter the terminal.
March 20, 7 p.m. – NWACC to remain only for remainder of semester
Northwest Arkansas Community College will continue to keep all courses online for the remainder of the spring semester. The school’s commencement ceremonies schedule for May have been canceled, and may be rescheduled later.
March 20, 5 p.m. – Botanical Garden of the Ozarks closed
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks is closed until further notice, officials announced on Friday. The garden’s Earth Day Festival, originally scheduled for April, has also been canceled.
March 20, 1:30 p.m. – Arkansas coronavirus cases increase to 96
Cases of coronavirus inside the state of Arkansas have increased to 96, up from 62 cases Thursday, said Gov. Asa Hutchinson. The first case in Benton County was also confirmed on Friday.
March 20, 12:30 p.m – Washington Regional stops non-urgent surgeries, procedures, tests
Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville will reschedule all non-urgent surgeries, procedures and diagnostic tests, to preserve resources, supplies and staffing
March 20, 10:15 a.m. – Walton Arts Center extends programming suspension
The center announced an extended suspension that will halt all productions through May 9.
March 20, 9 a.m. – Local breweries adding curbside service and home delivery
Several local breweries have indicated their intent to offer curbside pickup and home beer deliveries.
March 20 – 8:30 a.m. – Arkansas restaurants may offer beer and wine with takeout orders
State officials issued an emergency order allowing restaurants to offer beer and wine with takeout orders.
March 20 – 8:00 a.m. – University of Arkansas has postponed spring commencement
The University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees voted to postpone all spring commencement ceremonies until after June 1. The university will continue to assess the situation and provide an update regarding commencement ceremonies later this spring.
March 19, 4:30 p.m – Arvest Bank to close lobbies
Arvest Bank announced Thursday they will close their lobbies effective immediately. The bank will continue to offer drive-thru, ATM and ATM with Live Teller services at branches that feature those capabilities.
March 19, 4 p.m. – Fayetteville sets new business regulations after governor’s orders
Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan issued a new set of business regulations after Thursday’s coronavirus update from Gov. Asa Hutchinson.
March 19, 2:45 p.m. – Governor orders all restaurants and bars to stop dine-in services
Arkansas Gov. Asa Huthcinson on Thursday ordered all restaurants and bars to stop dine-in services. Carryout orders may continue.
March 19, 2:40 p.m. – Governor closes schools through April 17
Arkansas Gov. Asa Huthcinson on Thursday ordered all public schools to stay closed until at least April 17.
March 19, 2:35 p.m.- Arkansas coronavirus cases increase to 62
The number of coronavirus positive tests in Arkansas has increased to 62, according to Gov. Asa Hutchinson.
March 19, 11 a.m. – Fayetteville closes many public restrooms
The Fayetteville parks department has closed all but six of the public restrooms in the city’s parks system in an effort to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
March 19, 9 a.m. – UA shifts to remote operations, housing to close April 3
The University of Arkansas is shifting to remote and online operations on Thursday, March 19, and campus housing will close on April 3.
March 19, 8 a.m. – Fayetteville suspends curbside recycling
Fayetteville will temporarily suspend curbside recycling beginning Monday, March 23. Trash pickup remains unchanged. Extra bag charges for residential trash pickup will be waived.
March 19, 7 a.m. – Walmart sets new hours, item limitations, senior shopping hour
Walmart has shortened store hours again, set purchase limits on certain items, and added a weekly senior-only shopping event.
March 18, 5 p.m. – Watch Mayor Jordan’s coronavirus press conference
Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan held a press conference on Wednesday with Fire Chief Brad Hardin, Police Chief Mike Reynolds, City Attorney Kit Williams, and Devin Howland, the city’s director of economic development. Watch it here.
March 18, 1:34 p.m. – Arkansas coronavirus cases increase to 33
The number of coronavirus cases in Arkansas has increased to 33, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced in a press conference on Wednesday.
March 18, 11:15 a.m. – Fayetteville City Hall to close March 19
Fayetteville City Hall will close to the public beginning Thursday, March 19. Bill payments will still be accepted in several ways, but customers will not have their services disconnected due to non-payment.
March 18 – 11 a.m. – Fayetteville resident tests positive for coronavirus
A Fayetteville resident has tested positive for coronavirus, according to a news release from Washington County Judge Joseph Wood and Mayor Lioneld Jordan.
March 18, 8 a.m. – Community Clinic to open four virus testing and treatment sites
The Community Clinic will open four virus testing and treatment sites beginning Wednesday, March 18.
March 17, 10:30 p.m. – Movie theaters temporarily closing locations
Movie theaters in Fayetteville and the surrounding cities are temporarily closed to comply with social distancing measures outlined by the CDC, but some newer films are going to on-demand early.
March 17, 3:30 p.m. – Washington Regional screening clinic and hotline experiencing high volumes
The Washington Regional coronavirus screening clinic has evaluated nearly 200 patients since opening on Monday, and hotline staff have answered almost 1,200 calls. Only people who meet certain criteria will be tested.
March 17, 1:50 p.m. – Washington County Fair Spring Show canceled
The Washington County Fair Spring Show originally scheduled for April 11 has been canceled.
March 17, 12 p.m. – No new coronavirus cases in Arkansas
Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday said there have been no new coronavirus cases detected since yesterday, but more are expected to be found as testing becomes more available.
March 17, 11 a.m. – Occupancy cut in half for restaurants and bars in Fayetteville
Mayor Lioneld Jordan has issued an order to reduce occupancy limits for restaurants and bars during the coronavirus outbreak.
March 17, 9:30 a.m. – Restaurant and bar updates
We’ve started a list of options for picking up food and supporting local businesses.
March 17, 8:30 a.m. – Fayetteville City Clerk Treasurer’s Office closed
The City Clerk Treasurer’s Office is closed to the public until further notice. Some staff are working in the office and some are working from home. Email email@example.com or call 479-575-8324 with questions.
March 17, 7:20 a.m. – Last Saturday March show canceled
Officials with the Last Saturday variety show have canceled their March event. Organizers are planning to host an event in April, and are preparing for the possibility of a digital streaming version of the show.
March 16, 5:30 p.m. – Council gives mayor authority to regulate gatherings
The Fayetteville City Council voted unanimously to give Mayor Lioneld Jordan the power to temporarily regulate how many people can gather in public or private places, like bars and restaurants. If any rules are eventually enacted, we’ll post them here.
March 16, 4:40 p.m. – Local restaurants and bars announce closures
We’ve seen a handful of local restaurants and bars announce plans to close as a result of the coronavirus. Wood Stone Craft Pizza, Maxine’s Tap Room, Smoke and Barrel, Apple Blossom Brewing Co., Farmers’ Table, Big Box Karaoke, and Leverett Lounge are all closed effective immediately until further notice.
March 16, 2:30 p.m. – Botanical Garden of the Ozarks reduces admission fee, limits occupancy
The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks garden areas remain open to the public daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is reduced from $7 to $5 for adults, with free admission for children 12 and under. Only 50 people will be allowed inside the garden at any time.
March 16, 1 p.m. – Fayetteville sets special City Council meeting
A special meeting of the Fayetteville City Council will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 16 to replace the regular council meeting previously scheduled for March 17.
The agenda is expected to include an ordinance to temporarily limit how many people can be in a public or private place that serves the public.
March 16, 12:45 p.m. – Washington County Courthouse closed for 30 days
Washington County Judge Joseph Wood has declared a state of emergency. The county courthouse will be closed for all nonessential services for 30 days.
March 16 – 1:07 p.m. – Fayetteville Montessori School to close through March 18
Fayetteville Montessori School will close through at least Wednesday pending COVID-19 test results of one of its employees who is currently self-quarantining (the person has since tested negative).
March 16 – 1 p.m. – Fayetteville Public Library to close through March 29
Fayetteville Public Library will be closing today (March 16) at noon, and will remain closed through March 29.
March 16, 11:45 a.m. – Trinity United Methodist Church offers community meals to-go
Trinity United Methodist Church will continue its weekly 3:30 p.m. Sunday Supper community meals, but the food will only be offered to-go. The church is located at 1021 W Sycamore St. in Fayetteville.
March 16, 11 a.m. – Ozarks Electric suspends disconnections for non-payment
Ozarks Electric announced suspension of disconnections for non-payment until April 15. The lobbies at the company’s four offices will also be closed during this time, but bills can still be paid at the drive-through windows weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
March 16, 10:30 a.m. – Homebrew club meeting canceled
The FLOPS homebrewing club scheduled for March 19 at Apple Blossom Brewing has been canceled. The club’s Iron Brewer competition has been postponed until April 1.
March 16, 9:45 a.m. – Fayetteville police taking extra precautions
Aside from regularly sanitizing facilities and vehicles, Chief Mike Reynolds announced a series of temporary guidelines that have been implemented, as recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
March 16, 8:30 a.m. – Washington Regional opens drive-thru screening clinic in Eureka Spring
Washington Regional has opened a drive-thru screening at the Washington Regional Eureka Springs Family Clinic, located at 146 Passion Play Road, Suite A in Eureka Springs. The drive-thru clinic will be open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
March 16, 7 a.m. – Fenix gallery to remain open, events and classes canceled
The Fenix art gallery on the downtown Fayetteville square will remain open, but all events and classes have been canceled.
Affected events include “Who Does She Think She Is” film screening & discussion (March 19), Figure Drawing in the gallery (March 22), Bread & Puppet Theatre scheduled at Mount Sequoyah (March 26), FlagBook Workshop (March 28), Figure Drawing in the gallery (March 29).
March 15, 6 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ozarks moves annual meeting online
March 15, 3 p.m. – Fayetteville Public Schools to close Monday until further notice
Fayetteville Public Schools will be closed beginning Monday, March 16, and will move to at-home instruction until further notice.
All school offices will be open on Monday, March 16 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. to allow families to pick up student medication and AMI materials. AMI materials will be available here.
March 15, 2 p.m. – Arkansas coronavirus cases increases to 16
The number of coronavirus cases in the state of Arkansas have increased from 12 to 16, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced on Sunday.
Two of the new cases were reported by a commercial lab and came from Garland County, according to Dr. Nate Smith.
The other two new cases were associated with the original case at in Pine Bluff.
March 15, 2 p.m. – Arkansas school schools to close Tuesday
Schools across the state of Arkansas will be closed beginning on Tuesday, March 17, Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson announced in a news conference Sunday.
Districts may also elect to close on Monday, March 16 if they are prepared to do so, Hutchinson said. Fayetteville Public Schools haven’t made an announcement yet on their decision for Monday.
March 15, 12 p.m. – Crystal Bridges and the Momentary to temporarily close
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art will temporarily close on March 16 at 6 p.m. and the Momentary will close March 15 at 7 p.m. Both venues will remain closed until March 31. Programs and events for March and April have also been canceled.
March 15, 8 a.m. – Harps Food Stores to reduce hours
Harps Food Stores will close all locations at 8 p.m. beginning Monday, March 16 to allow crews time to restock shelves and sanitize designated areas each evening. The stores will open each day at their normal opening times.
March 15, 8 a.m. – Walmart reduces hours
Walmart Supercenters and Neighborhood Markets that normally are open 24 hours will be open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. to give crews time to stock and clean the stores. Locations currently operating under more reduced hours (for example they regularly close at 10 p.m. or open at 7 a.m.) will keep their current hours of operation. The new hours begin on Sunday, March 15.
March 15, 12:45 a.m. – Joe Martin Stage Race postponed
The Joe Martin Stage Race scheduled for April 2-5 in Fayetteville has been postponed. Officials said the race will be rescheduled for sometime later in the year.
March 14, 8:30 p.m. – Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fayetteville moves to online services
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fayetteville (UUFF) will conduct all its services online for the foreseeable future. Check the UUFF website for details.
March 14, 3:15 p.m. – Cooperative Emergency Outreach ceases operations
Cooperative Emergency Outreach (CEO) has ceased all operations until Friday, May 1.
March 14 – 2:40 p.m. – Terra Studios to closes, cancels programming
Terra Studios has closed its art park, studios and gallery, and all programs, classes and field trips are canceled through April 6. Officials will reassess the situation weekly to determine when programs will resume.
March 14, 1:30 p.m. – Arkansas coronavirus cases increases to 12
Officials on Saturday announced three new coronavirus cases in Arkansas. Each of those three people are healthcare workers who came in contact with the first patient in Pine Bluff. Gov. Asas Hutchinson said significant testing has occurred in Northwest Arkansas, but so far no tests have come back positive.
March 14, 8 a.m. – Wizard Way of the Ozarks rescheduled
Wizard Way of the Ozarks scheduled for March 21-22 at the Fayetteville Town Center has been rescheduled for May 16-17.
March 13, 10 p.m. – St. Paul’s moves to online-only worship
March 13, 7 p.m. – Amazeum closed through March
The Scott Family Amazeum is closed through the end of March. All events and programs scheduled this month have been canceled.
March 13, 7 p.m. – Clinton House Museum closed for two weeks
The Clinton House Museum will be closed for two weeks, and will reopen on Saturday, March 28.
March 13, 7 p.m. – Springtime of Youth festival postponed
The University of Arkansas Headliners Concert Committee has postponed the 2020 Springtime of Youth festival that was scheduled for April 25. Updates will be posted on the committee’s social media accounts.
March 13, 5 p.m. – Arvest Ballpark closed
The Northwest Arkansas Naturals announced that the Arvest Ballpark front office, ticket office, and team store are closed until further notice.
March 13, 4:30 p.m. – Washington Regional to open coronavirus screening clinic
Washington Regional will open a coronavirus screening clinic on Monday, March 16.
The clinic will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily at 3318 N. North Hills Blvd. in Fayetteville. Those who would like to be screened before March 16 should visit the center’s urgent care location at 3 E. Appleby Road, Suite 101
March 13, 4:15 p.m. – Fayetteville Chamber postpones all events through March 31
The Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce will postpone and reschedule all events currently scheduled through March 31. Those events will be rescheduled to a date beyond April 15.
March 13, 4 p.m. – Arkansas governor not ready to permit school closures
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Friday he’s following guidance from the CDC, which does not recommend broad closure of schools at this time.
Until cases are confirmed in other parts of the state, schools should remain open, he said.
March 13, 3:45 p.m. – Shiloh Museum closed through April
The Shiloh Museum of Ozark History is now closed to the public and has suspended programs, events, public meeting room use, and outreach through the end of April. The museum’s online resources are still available at www.shilohmuseum.org.
March 13, 3 p.m. – Smokehouse Players postponed performances
The Smokehouse Players’ production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” that was scheduled for May 7-9 at the former Ozark Mountain Smokehouse location, is postponed until further notice.
March 13, 2:45 p.m. – Cow Paddy Run pauses registrations
Organizers of the annual Cow Paddy Run have paused online registrations until further notice.
The event was scheduled for April 11. A determination as to whether it will go on as planned has not yet been made. A decision is expected to be announced by April 1 at the latest. Registration fees are not refundable, but will be honored if the event is postponed, or deferred to next year if desired.
March 13, 2:45 p.m. – Temple Shalom cancels services through March
Temple Shalom of NWA has canceled religious services and religious school through the end of March.
March 13, 2 p.m. – Arkansas coronavirus cases increases to nine
Gov. Asa Hutchinson in a press conference today announced three new presumptive positive cases of coronavirus in the state, bringing the total to nine people – all in Central Arkansas.
March 13, 2 p.m. – SoNA postpones Masterworks III performance
Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) has postponed its Masterworks III performance on March 21. The concert will be rescheduled for later this spring.
March 13, 1:45 p.m. – Backspace cancels March shows
Backspace has canceled all shows for the month of March.
March 13, 1:45 p.m. – Nutty Runner 5k postponed
The 2020 Nutty Runner 5k scheduled for Saturday has been postponed until a more suitable date can be found.
March 13, 1:45 p.m. – Botanical Garden of the Ozarks postpones events, stays open to public
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks has postponed several events scheduled for this month, but the garden area will remain open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Events to be postponed include new volunteer orientation (March 14), annual membership meeting (March 15), bilingual sign dedication (March 15), landscaping with native plants class (March 18), floral crown workshop (March 21), and a worm composting for beginners class (March 24). New dates will for these events will be announced later.
March 13, 1:45 p.m. – Malco Theatres to operate at reduced capacity
Malco Theatres will remain open through the weekend, but will only sell tickets for 50% of the capacity of each theater.
March 13, 1:15 p.m. Arts Center of the Ozarks remains open
Arts Center of the Ozarks will continue with regular hours in the gallery and office, and will proceed with the upcoming performances of See How They Run scheduled for this weekend.
Patrons are asked to refrain from direct contact with anyone, and to follow directions from ushers for seating. Those who believe their health might be compromised are encouraged to stay home. Ticket holders who don’t want to attend shows may receive credit toward another visit.
March 13 – 12:15 p.m. – TheatreSquared announces performance postponements
TheatreSquared will adjust its performance schedule for the remainder of the season.
Public spaces will remain open and the Commons Bar/Café will continue to operate with reduced hours closing at 8 p.m. each evening.
March 13, 12 p.m. – Walton Arts Center suspends all programming
Walton Arts Center officials have suspended all performances and events through April 5.
The arts center lobby will also be closed. Anyone with tickets to shows will be contacted by a box office representative within 10 days to discuss their options.
March 13 – 12 p.m. – Dickson Street Pub Crawl Postponed
The Dickson Entertainment District Pub Crawl has been postponed. A new date will be announced later.
March 13, 11:55 a.m. – Fayetteville Youth Baseball suspended
All Fayetteville Youth Baseball practices and operations will be suspended through March 30. After that, organizers said they will reevaluate the situation and make decisions about the remainder of the 2020 spring season.
March 13, 11 a.m. – Dickson Street Bookshop closed
The Dickson Street Bookshop announced the shop will be closed until further notice.
March 13, 11 a.m. – Fayetteville Parks and Recreation programs suspended
Fayetteville Parks and Recreation has suspended all spring programs and events held in the Fayetteville parks system, including youth and adult soccer, baseball, softball, ultimate frisbee, disc golf, sand volleyball, and all park volunteer events.
The Yvonne Richardson Community Center will also be closed. The parks will remain open to the public. Here’s more info.
March 13, 10:45 a.m. – George’s Majestic Lounge closed for the month
George’s Majestic Lounge officials said given the mayor’s recent declaration of a public health emergency, the venue will close immediately until the end of the month.
Shows will be rescheduled and refunds will be given to those who cannot attend the new dates.
March 13, 10 a.m. – Fayetteville Mayor declares state of emergency
Mayor Lioneld Jordan declared a public health emergency Friday morning.
All city-hosted meetings and events have been canceled until further notice.
Jordan said city staff are working to develop a schedule that will not jeopardize the city’s obligation to provide core services.
March 13, 9:45 a.m. – Washington Regional Center for Exercise temporarily closed
The Washington Regional Center for Exercise will temporarily cease operations at 12 p.m. Friday, March 13.
Members will not incur any charges during this time, according to a news release.
Officials with the center will evaluate whether to resume normal operations on a weekly basis
March 13, 9:30 a.m. – Osher Lifelong Learning Institute suspends events through May 1
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at University of Arkansas has suspended all classes and activities through May 1.
March 12, 8:15 p.m. – The New School closed
The New School will close Monday, March 16, and will remain closed through at least Monday, March 30.
March 12, 8 p.m. – Washington Regional implements new visitor guidelines
Washington Regional Medical Center will begin screening all visitors and limiting who enters the hospital on Friday, March 13.
Only one visitor per adult patient will be allowed. Visitors will be asked a short series of questions upon entrance to the facility, and those thought to be at risk of coronavirus or with symptoms of a respiratory illness will not be allowed inside.
The number of entrances will also be limited.
March 12, 6 p.m. – Fayetteville Visitors Center closed
The Experience Fayetteville Visitors Center on the downtown square is closed effective immediately.
Information about a re-opening date will be shared on the center’s social media channels.
March 12, 5:30 p.m. – Fayetteville schools preparing for potential closure
Fayetteville Public Schools officials are preparing for alternate methods of instruction in the event of school closures.
Students are expected to receive a packet on Friday, March 13 with instructions on what to do if classes are canceled.
Students who self-quarantine will be counted absent per district policy, but those who are quarantined under a doctor’s order will be considered excused.
March 12, 5 p.m. – Fayetteville Public Library cancels programming
All programming and events at the Fayetteville Public Library have been canceled through March 30, library officials announced Thursday.
The library will remain open, and staff will take extra precautions to help limit the spread of the coronavirus, including regularly disinfecting public spaces.
March 12, 4:30 p.m. – Tour of the Hollows gravel grinder postponed
The Tour of the Hollows gravel bike race scheduled for March 28 has been postponed. The event is organized by the University of Arkansas Cycling Club, whose activities were temporarily suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak. A new date will be announced at a later time.
March 12, 4:15 p.m. – Haas Hall Academy cancels in-person classes
Haas Hall has canceled in-person classes through the end of the month.
The school will shift to an online model beginning next week, and may re-open after March 30.
A decision on when to re-open the school will be announce later.
March 12, 4 p.m. – Advertising and Promotion Commission meeting canceled
A&P chair Matthew Petty has canceled the next regular meeting of the commission, which was scheduled for Monday, March 16 at the Fayetteville Town Center.
Experience Fayetteville CEO Molly Rawn said an announcement will be made if the meeting is rescheduled.
March 12, 3:45 p.m. – Midtown Trail Corridor public meeting canceled
City officials have canceled the Midtown Trail Corridor public meeting and presentation originally scheduled for March 12.
The presentation will be recorded and made available on the Midtown Trail Corridor website. Presentation materials will also be available on the site.
March 12, 3:15 p.m. – Fayetteville officials announce precautionary measures being taken
Mayor Lioneld Jordan issued several guidelines, effective immediately for all city staff, such as suspending air travel for business purposes, requiring staff currently out of state to self-monitor their temperature and health upon return, and more.
Here’s a bit more on what the city released.
March 12, 3 p.m. – UA suspends in-person classes for remainder of semester
All in-person classes at the University of Arkansas will shift to online or other delivery methods beginning Monday, March 16.
“While no members of the university community have been diagnosed with COVID-19, we continue to prepare for that potential while working to complete the current academic semester,” UA Chancellor Joe Steinmetz wrote in a message sent to the campus community.
The school earlier announced that instructors should simply be prepared for the online shift no later than March 30.
Steinmetz said the campus will not close, and that school operations will continue.
March 12, 2:30 p.m. – Walton Arts Center and TheatreSquared announce precautions
Performances at the Walton Arts Center and TheatreSquared will continue as planned for now.
Performances of Anastasia at the WAC and Ann at T2 are still on.
March 12, 12 p.m. – Arlo Guthrie reschedules Walton Arts Center performance
Arlo Guthrie’s concert scheduled for Friday, March 20, at Walton Arts Center has been rescheduled to Sunday, Oct. 4, at 4 p.m.
Tickets for the March 20 concert will be valid for Oct. 4. Those who cannot attend the show on the new date can get a refund by calling 479-443-5600.
March 12, 11:30 a.m. – World’s Largest Baby Shower postponed
The World’s Largest Baby Shower event previously scheduled for March 21 at The Jones Center has been postponed. Organizers said they look forward to announcing new dates at a later time.
March 12, 11 a.m. – Community Creative Center cancels spring break camps
Community Creative Center has canceled its Spring Break camps scheduled for March 23-27.
March 12, 11 a.m. – George’s Majestic Lounge releases statement about upcoming shows
George’s officials on Thursday issued a statement outlining the steps they are taking to help contain the spread of the virus.
As of now, some of the shows will go on, though that could change rapidly.
March 11, 6:30 p.m. – Arkansas sporting events to be played without fans due to virus concerns
SEC officials on Wednesday announced that all on-campus sports events will be played with no fans in attendance until at least March 30.
The news came after the NCAA announced it would not allow fans at the upcoming men’s and women’s NCAA Tournament events, as well as the NIT.
The rule applies to all sports on SEC campuses, as well as the in-progress SEC men’s basketball tournament, which began Wednesday at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
March 11, 9:15 a.m. – UA prepares for transition to online classes
University of Arkansas faculty have been told to prepare and practice conducting courses online as officials brace for a local coronavirus outbreak.
Chancellor Joe Steinmetz said the primary scenarios that would trigger suspension of on-campus classes would be a confirmation of the virus within the campus community or in the Fayetteville community.
March 11, 5:15 p.m. – First coronavirus case reported in Arkansas
The first presumptive positive case of coronavirus was reported Wednesday in Arkansas.
The patient is isolated at a hospital in Pine Bluff, according to Gov. Asa Hutchinson. It is believed that the person contracted the virus while traveling outside the state but within the country.
March 11, 2 p.m. – NWA Fashion Week canceled
The NWA Fashion Week spring events have been canceled.
The events were scheduled for mid-April, but will now be added to the fall season, set for Oct. 23-24 at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville.
March 6, 10 a.m. – Bentonville Film Festival rescheduled
The 2020 Bentonville Film Festival has been rescheduled for Aug. 5-8 due to public health concerns regarding coronavirus.
The event was previously planned for April 29 to May 2.