Effective April 1, 2021: Governor Hutchinson has lifted the statewide mask mandate: Business and organizations may still require masks to be worn.
Below is a list of FAQ's to help you business navigate the lifting of the mask mandate
If your business or organization continues to require mask wearing, you may use the posters below to help with your communication efforts
Masks Required Poster _English
Mask Required Poster_Spanish
Effective March 30, 2021: All Arkansans age 16 and over are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The statewide hotline number to identify vaccine locations is 1-800-985-6030
VaccinateArkansas.com provides employers with the tools they need to successfully navigate the
COVID-19 vaccination process and confidently prepare their employees to return safely to the workplace.
COVID-19 Vaccination Information
Coronavirus Response & Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act December 20, 2020
Statewide mask mandate executive order 20-43.
Resources for Businesses
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Information
- The SBA will be hosting weekly webinars for small businesses. Click here to register.
- U.S. SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus here. You may contact the SBA's Arkansas office by calling 501-324-7379.
- SBA Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources here.
As of March 20th, SBA has approved Disaster Delcaration #16372 Arkansas Disaster number AR-00109 as a statewide declaration for small business affected by COVID19. Effective date 1/31/2020.
The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC) is offering free webinars for businesses
Click here for a full schedule of upcoming webinars.
Other federal resources
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce - Combating the Coronavirus here.
- U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division – FLSA and FLMA Guidance here.
- U.S. EEOC Guidance here.
- OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 here.
- U.S. Department of Labor - Coronavirus Resources here.
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC) - Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers here.
- Coronavirus in the Workplace: Health, Safety and Insurance Considerations here.
- An Employer’s Guide: Ten Considerations to Support Your Workforce here.
- COVID-19 and Paid Leave: Three Scenarios to Plan For here.
- The Workers Compensation Impacts of 2019 Coronavirus here.
United Way of Fort Smith Area implements a 2-1-1 call center to assist with:
- free and confidential cirsis and emergency counseling
- disaster assistance
- health care and insurance assistance
- stable housing and utilities payment assistance
- employment services
- veteran services
- childcare and family services
FAQs Prepare Your Home and Children, document from United Way of Fort Smith Area
Western Arkansas Works will assist with:
- filing with unemployment insurance
- finding employment
- assisting employers with a temporary layoff
Resources for Employees
If you become separated from employment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may file an unemployment insurance claim through the Arkansas Division of workforce Services (DWS).
Common Questions about unemployment insurance:
How to contact your local office representative:
From the Governor's Office:
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