Due to the continued rise in new cases in our region, Asa Hutchinson, Governor of the State of Arkansas has declared in Executive Order 20-37 that effective Monday, July 20, 2020 that the Secretary of Health shall issue a public health directive requiring every person in Arkansas to wear a face covering over the mouth and nose in all indoor environments where they are exposed to non-household members and distancing of six (6) feet or more cannot be assured and in all outdoor settings where there is exposure to non-household members, unless there exists ample space of six (6) feet or more to practice physical distancing.
I will wear a mask and not shake hands during in-office meetings for your protection as well as my own, and would ask that you wear a mask, as well. If you enter my office, I do have free disposable masks and hand sanitizer available for you. Anyone, without their knowledge including me, could be a pre-systematic or A-systematic carrier so let's be reasonable and safe. I would ask that if you have a fever or have been in contact with someone you know to be positive for COVID-19 that you refrain from coming into the office. Business may need to be conducted through telephone conversations and emails. This will be decided on a case-by-case basis.
To review the of the Governors' Proclamation the reader should open the following link:
Another website that provides a great deal of COVID-19 information and guidance may be found at the following link:
The IRS is offering tax help for taxpayers, businesses, tax-exempt organizations and others - including health plans - affected by coronavirus (COVID-19). For the most accurate and up-to-date information visit the page set up by the IRS.
The Impact of COVID-19 on Bankruptcy
The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern & Western Districts of Arkansas has released an Updated announcement effective July 20, 2020 regarding Court Operations during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Effective March 16, 2020, this court has operated pursuant to the terms of its Administrative Order that suspended all in-court proceedings until further notice. The Administrative Order dated July 1, 2020 extended the period for conducting hearings and trials both telephonically and by video conference at least through July 31, 2020.
After further review of the current situation in the state, the court has determined that we will continue operating on the basis of our Administrative Order dated March 16, 2020 until further notice. By continuing to operate remotely and without in-court hearings, we will have an extended opportunity to monitor the continued outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), promote health and safety, and address ongoing concerns about personal safety. Please note that each judge reserves the right to schedule an in-court hearing notwithstanding the current circumstances and might do so following notice and consent of all parties with the understanding that specific protocols would be required in these instances.
For additional information please refer to U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern and Western District of Arkansas, News and Announcements section at the following link.