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UPDATE: The Fayetteville City Council voted 8-0 Tuesday night to allow Mayor Lioneld Jordan to sign an agreement with the UofA permitting first responders to quarantine in university housing facilities for $50 per day.

A proposed agreement would allow Fayetteville first responders exposed to the novel coronavirus to stay in UA campus dormitories as soon as is necessary.

The agreement, which has been endorsed by Fayetteville Fire Chief Brad Hardin, would give employees who may need to quarantine due to COVID-19 exposure or sickness a place to stay.

The Fayetteville City Council will give or deny consent for Mayor Lioneld Jordan to sign the memorandum of agreement at its meeting Tuesday. The agreement must also be signed by UA Chancellor Joseph Steinmetz and the chiefs of the Fayetteville police and fire departments.

If the memorandum is approved and signed by all parties, first responders in need of housing will be assigned to Bud Walton Residence Hall, starting with the south wing. The agreement would extend through June and would be up for a possible extension by city and university officials by June 17.

The estimated housing cost per day will be $50 per responder, and the daily food cost will be $25.50 without tax. Visitors and overnight guests will not be allowed.

Fayetteville fire and police department officials estimate that they might require emergency housing for as many as 5-24 Fayetteville Fire Department employees and 6-30 Fayetteville Police Department employees during the course of the COVID-19 health crisis, according to the memorandum of agreement.

Abbi Ross is the Editor in Chief of the Arkansas Traveler, where she previously worked as senior staff reporter.

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