After Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed an executive order last Friday, July 3rd, allowing cities to mandate mask to slow the spread of COVID-19, several cities have already passed ordinances and resolutions.
Mayor Rick Elumbaugh released this statement to the Batesville Guard on Tuesday: “Putting a mask on seems like a simple request when you look at it from an economic standpoint,” Elumbaugh stated. “People’s freedoms are very important to me as well, and this will ultimately be a total council decision.”
Mayor Elumbaugh is looking at what other cities are adopting as policy and working with city leaders to come up with what fits Batesville best. Health and wellness of our citizens is the ultimate goal and Mayor Elumbaugh is highly recommending the wearing of mask when visiting businesses or attending gatherings where social distancing is not possible.