Commercial Lodging and Short-Term Rentals

Commercial lodgings and short-term rentals, including, but not limited to, hotels, motels and vacation rentals, are no longer limited as to the type of guests they can house that were delineated in Executive Order 20-13.

Effective June 15, 2020, there is now no quarantine requirement for travelers entering Arkansas based on the location they traveled from. This includes both domestic and international travel.


The following measures are required:

  • The number of people allowed in the facility is restricted to up to 50 percent of the approved bather load or capacity.
  • Restrict pool access to fewer entrances as needed to control access and overcrowding.
  • Maintain a log of persons entering the facility when possible for use in contact tracing should an outbreak occur.
  • Screen employees for fever, cough, difficulty breathing, sore throat or loss of taste or smell upon arrival for each shift and exclude them from work if they are ill.
  • Place signage regarding the COVID-19 symptoms and exclusions at all entrances. These signs should inform patrons and staff that those who have any of the following characteristics should NOT be allowed to enter:
    • Have had a fever of 100.4°F or greater in the last two days
    • Have a cough, difficulty breathing, sore throat or loss of taste or smell
    • Had contact with a person known to be infected with COVID-19 in the previous 14 days
  • Place signage at all entrances advising the public that they may wish to refrain from entering if:
    • They are 65 years of age or older.
    • They have underlying health conditions including high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, severe obesity, asthma or weakened immunity.
  • Physical distancing of six feet should be maintained between people in all pool areas. However, family members may sit and enter the pool together.
  • Physical distancing must be enforced at slides, diving boards and other features that require waiting in line. Place markings on surface to maintain a six-foot distance and monitor for compliance.
  • The pool’s responsible party is required to maintain the safety of bathers by enforcing physical distancing of six feet.
  • Tables, chairs, water fountains and other high-touch surfaces should be disinfected frequently.
  • Adjust poolside tables or chairs so that seats are a minimum of six feet from seats at adjacent tables. Household groups may sit closer together than six feet at tables.
  • Maintain pool chemistry at the required levels. Test and document pH, free chlorine before opening and mid-afternoon to ensure proper residuals.
  • Snack bars are permitted, but no self-service condiments or similar items are allowed.

Pools and other water-related facilities which require lifeguards can begin immediately to open for lifeguard training purposes only, once approved by the health department.

This directive does not cover social events held at poolside. Such events are covered under the directives for large indoor or outdoor venues.