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Posted on: March 12, 2020

City of Bryant Updates - COVID-19

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COVID Updates from the City of Bryant by Date


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Update from Mayor Allen Scott, April 6th 2020

Governor Asa Hutchinson added additional directives during his daily press briefing this afternoon.  To recap:


  • K-12 Schools will not return back to the classroom for the remainder of the school year

  • Commercial lodgings and short term rentals, including, but not limited to, hotels, motels, and vacation rentals shall only permit occupancy for authorized guests meeting specific qualifications.  To view that list please visit www.healthy.arkansas.gov   

  • All businesses, manufacturers, construction companies and places of worship shall implement the following social distancing protocols: 


    • Limit the number of people who can enter into a facility can easily maintain a minimum six-foot distance from one another;

    • If lines form at a facility (inside or outside), facilities shall mark off six-foot increments at a minimum, establishing where individuals should stand to maintain adequate social distancing;

    • Provide hand sanitizer, soap and water, or effective disinfectant at or near the entrance of the facility and in other appropriate areas for use by the public and employees, and in locations where there is high-frequency employee interaction with members of the public;

    • Retail businesses shall provide contactless payment systems or provide for disinfecting all payment portals, pens, and styluses after each use;

    • Regularly disinfect any high-touch surfaces;

    • Post a sign at the entrance of the facility informing all employees, customers, and congregants that they should: avoid entering the facility if they have a cough or fever; maintain a minimum six-foot distance from one another; sneeze and cough into one’s elbow; not shake hands or engage in any unnecessary physical contact. 


My office and the Bryant Regional Chamber of Commerce has continued to work closely with the retailers in the City of Bryant, and many of these directives were implemented locally over the weekend.  If you must be out, and see anything that concerns you while shopping, please bring it to the attention of the store manager or owner immediately so it may be addressed properly.  


The Bishop Center, including the Aquatics Center, along with all basketball courts, playgrounds, baseball/softball/soccer fields, outdoor restrooms, tennis courts, and the disc golf course will remain closed until May 22nd based on the recommendation from the National Recreation and Park Association.  All trails and green space areas will remain open.  Please be mindful of those around you and maintain a minimum 6-foot social distance at all times.  We urge you to be compliant with these regulations and expectations.  While our goal is for these areas to remain open, if we find that these directives are being repeatedly violated, we will close all facilities for the safety of our residents.


This week my office will be finalizing details on upcoming future meetings, focusing on how to ensure city business can continue to move forward, while at the same time meeting all state guidelines laid out for public meetings.  I will share that information with you as details are finalized. 


I can’t say enough how much I appreciate the resilient spirit that our community has shown during this time.  Please continue to remain vigilant in regard to your health and wellness and that of the people around you.   If there is anything my office can do to assist, please do not hesitate to contact me. 


Mayor Allen E Scott

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Social Media Post from Bryant Parks Department 04/07/2020

For the continued health and safety of the patrons in our community and following the Govenor’s direction on closing public schools for the remainder of the semester, Bryant Parks Department will continue to close the following Parks and Amenities until May 22nd:

-The Center at Bishop Park and the Bryant Aquatic Center
-Ballfields at Bishop Park, Ashley Park, and Alcoa Park
-Soccer fields at Midland Park, Alcoa Park, and Bishop Park
-All playgrounds, tennis courts, and outdoor basketball courts
-Disc Golf Course at Bishop Park
-Bark Park at Alcoa Park
-All outdoor restrooms

Our parks and green spaces matter now more than ever. While using parks and public spaces, all government rules and local ordinances around social distancing and self-quarantine apply. We must work together and follow the rules to keep our trails and green spaces open.

Know what six feet looks like, approximately the length of a yoga mat, and be sure to keep your physical distance.

To help our community members remain active and engaged during this time, Bryant parks staff have created a Virtual Recreation Resource Center on the city website www.cityofbryant.com. This compiled list of resources puts everything from online workouts and outdoor activities to educational and at home ventures at your fingertips.

Rest assured, we will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and keep you informed of any future impacts to the Bryant Parks System via our website https://www.cityofbryant.com/1543/Information.

Thank you so much for your patience.
Chris Treat
Parks Director
ctreat@cityofbryant.com

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Please see the below social media message from Bryant Parks Department March 30th, 2020

Until further notice, for the continued health and safety of the patrons in our community and to do our part in minimizing the spread of Covid-19, the Bryant Parks Department is closing:
-Ballfields at Bishop Park, Ashley Park, and Alcoa Park
-Soccer fields at Midland Park, Alcoa Park, and Bishop Park
-All playgrounds, tennis courts, and outdoor basketball courts
-Disc Golf Course at Bishop Park
-Bark Park at Alcoa Park
-All outdoor restrooms will remain closed.
-The Center at Bishop Park and the Bryant Aquatic Center will remain closed.

The decision to close these amenities was not an easy one, however after observing park usage after the Governor’s directive went into place, it was one we felt must occur to ensure compliance and to follow the recommendations from the National Recreation and Parks Association.

All trails and ponds will remain open to the public at this time, but please practice the CDC’s guidelines for social distancing when out in public places.

To help our community members remain active and engaged during this time, Bryant parks staff have created a Virtual Recreation Resource Center on the city website www.cityofbryant.com. This compiled list of resources puts everything from online workouts and outdoor activities to educational and at home ventures at your fingertips.

Rest assured, we will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and keep you informed of any future impacts to the Bryant Parks System via our website https://www.cityofbryant.com/1543/Information.

Thank you so much for your patience.
Chris Treat
Parks Director
ctreat@cityofbryant.com

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Weekend Update from Mayor Scott 03/27/2020

 As we enter the weekend, here are a few reminders from Mayor Allen Scott:

*No indoor gatherings of more than 10 people is now a DIRECTIVE from the Governor. This directive gives law enforcement the ability to intervene if needed. Bryant residents, this should not be a necessary action. At a time of crisis, such as this, let’s do what we do best--lookout for our neighbors and friends by slowing down the spread of this virus.

* Keep your kids (of ALL ages) home or with your family during this time. Community spread is what we are trying to control and socializing outside of your family circle diminishes that effort.

* When outdoors, shopping, or handling essential business MAINTAIN a MINIMUM 6-foot distance from others AT ALL TIMES.

*If using public parks, avoid any high touch/high transfer areas. This includes picnic tables that cannot be wiped down, playground equipment, etc. We are doing our best to keep our public areas open so that you may enjoy a family walk, run, or just some fresh air, but we need you to use common sense and self-regulation.

*Wash your hands, wipe down your phone, often, throughout the day.

As of today, the US surpasses China for the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases. We now have 381 positive cases in Arkansas, and the Arkansas Department of Health says this number can be as high as 1000 by April 1st.

We each have a duty to ensure the health and wellness of our family, our employees, our co-workers, and our neighbors, that is why these measures are in place.

Let us not take that responsibility lightly. 

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3/24/2020 Message from Mayor Scott

From the Desk of Mayor Allen Scott

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 24, 2020

Bryant Friends and Neighbors, 

The world around us has certainly changed over the past week. In the process of adapting to one set of challenges new ones arise and we continue to alter our normal routines as needed. 

If you are like me, a mere week ago we could not have imagined that schools would be suspended, tournaments and competitions canceled, businesses temporarily closed and social gatherings discouraged. As the Citizens of Bryant navigate personal, professional and economic challenges, it is vital that we strive to use good judgment and avoid any rash decisions.

Earlier today, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson confirmed that Arkansas has experienced its first two deaths in relation to COVID-19. Please join me in praying for the impacted families of our fellow Arkansans. The aggressiveness of this pandemic virus has already placed a strain on the healthcare system.

In order to slow or cease the spread of the virus, it is crucial that we all are following the simple recommendations provided by Gov. Hutchinson. Perhaps the most important recommendation is social distancing. In a community like ours, we always work hand-in-hand to overcome challenges. Today, I am asking you to do so from the recommended six feet distance.

This week more than 60 restaurants in Bryant were financially drastically impacted by the directive to close inside dining. Additionally, local gyms were ordered to close along with hair, nail, massage and tattoo shops. If you can, please support these businesses in any way possible once you are allowed to do so. For instance, many of our local restaurants are offering home delivery or curbside pick-up which provides a great culinary option for our residents.

Be assured that the City of Bryant and its elected officials are in constant communication with the county, state, and federal officials and we are closely monitoring the current conversations regarding formulating financial assistance packages for local businesses.  

We are in lockstep with the Greater Bryant Chamber of Commerce, along with the Arkansas Economic Development Commission and the Small Business Administration to provide the latest updates to Bryant business owners. 

The City of Bryant is one of the best cities in Arkansas because of the sheer determination of our citizens to overcome challenges and become stronger for having dealt with them. My friends and neighbors, I have no doubt that we will continue to exercise the determination for excellence that has made our city great as we work through the current pandemic challenge.

Thank you and may God Bless each of you.

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3/20/2020 Social Media Post from Bryant Parks Department 

ATTENTION:
In accordance with Governor Asa Hutchison’s closures of public schools, public facilities, and during this time of social distancing, The Center at Bishop Park and outdoor facilities affiliated with the Bryant Parks Department will remain closed until April 17th, 2020. Your health and safety are of the upmost importance to us.

To our Members of The Center at Bishop Park; during this time, we will be freezing all active membership accounts. If your account was prepaid, we will be crediting your account for the entire length of closure. All monthly withdrawal accounts will not incur new monthly charges during the closure. If you have already been charged in March, you will not be charged in April.

We know you may have questions during this time. Please be patient with us as we continue to monitor the situation. We can be reached through our Facebook page, Bryant Parks Department, or feel free to contact me directly through email.

We will continue to update information at https://www.cityofbryant.com/1543/Information

Thank you,

Chris Treat

Parks Director

Ctreat@cityofbryant.com


3/19/2020 Press Release from Mayor Scott

 

From the Desk of Mayor Allen Scott 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

During a press conference today, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced that nine new counties have been added onto the presumptive positive list for the COVID-19 virus, bringing the presumptive positive cases to 62 Arkansans.

The increase in positive cases is due in part to the increase in testing, but it is also a reflection of how quickly the current pandemic can spread within communities.

To assist in combatting the further spread of the COVID-19 virus, the State of Arkansas has declared:

  • K-12 schools will not reopen until at least April 17;
  • Restaurants and bars are limited to drive thru, to-go, curbside or delivery service only;
  • Hospitals, clinics and mental health offices must screen visitors prior to entrance; and
  • Gyms and recreational facilities are closed (except for medically essential services).


As the City of Bryant continues efforts to protect citizens, please remember to:

Continue the practice of social distancing;

  • Be aware of the location of your children at all times and who they are with;
  • Educate children on the importance of avoiding group activities;
  • Avoid groups, if at all possible; and 
  • Enjoy family outdoor time that will keep you distanced from others, allow for outdoor enjoyment.

“The City of Bryant strongly believes that these directives are important to ensuring the health of our citizens,” said Mayor Allen Scott. “We urge residents to support local businesses as much as possible to protect the economic viability of our great city.”

Scott commended residents that have already went above and beyond to provide meals for students, providing meals for senior citizens, educators for offering online assistance and many other community-minded efforts.

“It is times like these that our great residents always go above and beyond to show the rest of the state why Bryant, Arkansas is the best community in our great state,” said Bryant City Council Member Rob Roedel. “I commend our citizens for adhering to the Center of Disease Control advice, while doing what we all do to serve our fellow citizens.”

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3/19/2020 Message from Bryant Public Works Regarding Yard Waste Program

Bryant Residents:
Our Yard Waste Pickup Program will be picking up all received requests tomorrow, Friday, March 20th instead of Tuesday, March 24th. We will continue to take requests for pickups, but the program will be suspended tentatively through April 14th so our crews are able focus on more critical infrastructure issues as they arise. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but ask for your understanding as well all work through this situation together with you.  

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3/18/2020 Message from Bryant Police Department 

Law Enforcement, like healthcare, is going to be an essential function during the current state of emergency. As with other emergencies and natural disasters, consideration has been given to how the Bryant Police Department will function during this emergency. It is essential that we consider how operations will impact close contact spread of COVID-19 and what steps we can consider to aid in controlling the virus.

Bryant Police will continue to respond to emergency and priority calls. All non-emergency calls will be taken over the telephone. We are taking these steps as a means to protect the safety of the public as well as the safety of our Officers.

We know this may cause an inconvenience and for that we apologize, but if we all work together, then we can get through this emergency and hopefully move past it as quickly as possible.

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3/17/2020 Press Release from Mayor Scott 

To comply with the Arkansas Department of Health and CDC recommendations for public gatherings, Mayor Scott and Bryant City Council have decided to cancel the council meeting set for March 31st, 2020.

All city committee meetings have been canceled for March. These cancellations include the Development and Review Committee, Bryant Parks Committee, and the Bryant Water/Wastewater Committee. Mayor Scott is staying in daily contact with the departments directly impacted by these committees and have a plan of action in place to ensure these cancelations will not harm city functions.

Additionally, we would like to remind you that all city business will continue to be conducted via phone, online, or email only until the decision is made to resume in-office meetings.

The information surrounding the COVID-19 situation is continuously evolving, and we are doing our best here at the City of Bryant to make decisions that protect both our community and employees.

For additional facts regarding this epidemic please go to the Arkansas Department of Health website at https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/.

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3/17/2020 Update from Bryant Fire Department 

The following post went out on social media earlier today 

A message from our Fire Chief

With the threat of possible COVID-19 exposure we are asking that you do not visit any of our station locations at this time.

If you have the need to contact us for any NON EMERGENCY situations, please call our front office at 501-943-0366 during normal business hours or after hours at 501-366-2290.

Thank you for your cooperation during this time. We typically engage with our public on a daily basis and this is a way to assist our Fire personnel to stay safe and ultimately you the public as well.

Chief Jordan

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3/17/2020 Update From Bryant Animal Control 

Bryant Animal Control Adjust Hours.  The following post went out on their social media earlier today:

“In response to the recommendations from Bryant Mayor Scott regarding COVID-19, the shelter will be closed until March 30th. Additionally, we will take the following precautions in our effort to do our part to halt the spread of the virus:

1. Shelter is closed to visitors. However, we will make appointments for individuals to meet shelter pets for adoption and pet reclaims.  Staff will be on regular duty Monday-Friday and, as always, available 24 hours a day for emergencies by contacting the Bryant Police Department.

2. Officers will make every attempt to handle most situations via phone whenever possible.  Please communicate with our staff if we must respond to your home if you are in quarantine or anyone in your household has been ill.

3. Shelter staff will evaluate each situation on a case-by-case basis to determine if an immediate response is needed or if an alternative course of action can be used to effect a desirable outcome.

We apologize for this inconvenience, we are doing everything possible to limit the disruption of our services and appreciate your patience.”

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3/16/2020 Update from City Hall

Here is a quick reminder as we begin our week here in the City of Bryant:

The Center at Bishop Park, the Bryant Aquatic Center, Bryant Senior Center and Bryant Boys and Girls Club are closed until March 30th. All tournaments, youth leagues, reservations, or gatherings throughout the Bryant Parks system are canceled until further notice. If you have a reservation and have NOT been contacted by a representative of the Parks Department please send an email to Center Superintendent Ebonee Scott (escott@cityofbryant.com). For additional information please check out their website 

Bryant Water Department’s billing window is CLOSED to the public. Payments may be made via mail, online or by phone ONLY. Convenience fees will be waived if requested.

Bryant District Court’s billing window is CLOSED to the public. Payments may be made via mail or online at www.ecourtpay.com. Hearings scheduled for March 16th, have been rescheduled to April 20th. Hearings scheduled for March 31st, have been rescheduled to May 19th.

Bryant Permits/Code Enforcement window is open at this time, however, we request that any non-emergency needs along with license and permit payments to be made via online, phone or by mail if possible.

Police Department - Reports can be requested by email to jmcdermott@cityofbryant.com

All other city buildings remain fully staffed, but again we are asking that all citizens conduct their business online, telephone or email. The main number for city hall and all city offices is 501-943-0999.

To reach specific departments directly:
Code/Permits/Business Licenses/Inspections 501-943-0943 ext 3
Planning/Zoning 501-943-0857
Bryant Water Billing 501-943-0441
Bryant Public Works/Streets 501-943-0468
Bryant District Courts 501-943-0440
Bryant Animal Control 501-943-0489
Bryant Parks Department 501-943-0444
Non Emergency Police Number 501-943-0943 ext 1

The city remains in constant contact with state and federal authorities and this update may change as information is received.

We encourage all our residents to remain vigilant in staying informed and follow the Arkansas Health Department and CDC guidelines for social distancing. Many of our local restaurants and retailers have adjusted their way of doing business to ensure the services they offer remain available to our community is the safest way possible. We appreciate their commitment to the health and safety of our residents.

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________                                03/16/2019 Internal Memo

Mayor suspends all non-essential city spending.

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Click Here Mayor Scott’s Original Statement Issued March 12th 2020

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