Graphic illustrating what to do to combat COVID-19: stay home, maintain six feet from any person in public, wear a mask when out in public.

State of Public Health Disaster Emergency

On March 17, 2020, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds issued a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency. The State Disaster Emergency Plan takes significant steps to require social distancing and limit community spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) virus by implementing temporary measures including moving restaurants to drive-through, carry-out, and delivery only and closures of certain entities such as bars and recreational facilities. The proclamation also allows state agencies additional flexibility in responding to the unprecedented COVID-19 situation, and supports the critical work of public health. 

City of Iowa City News Updates 


    Coronavirus Information

    1. Basic COVID-19 Information: how it spreads, symptoms, how to avoid the disease
    2. Economic Resources: for those with lost wages, and federal, state, and local resources
    3. Impact on City and County Services: information on how the virus has altered City and County Services
    4. Give or Receive Help: resources for people who need medical or emotional help, childcare, etc., as well as, a list of how healthy individuals can help the community
    5. News Updates: all City of Iowa City and other news releases related to COVID-19
    6. COVID-19 Information Sheets

    City Response and Facility Closures

    Learn what to do with City Hall closed here.

    The City of Iowa City is working with local, county, state, and federal partners to keep our community informed about coronavirus (COVID-19). In addition to monitoring information from these sources, the City’s focus remains the continuity of critical operations: the police and fire departments, providing clean water, sewer services, trash and recycling collection, and transit. Changes in operating schedules, cancellations, or other alterations to City operations and facilities will be communicated as circumstances evolve.

    These facilities are closed through at least Thursday, April 30, 2020.  

    • Iowa City Public Library
    • Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center
    • Parks and Recreation facilities
      •  Robert A. Lee Recreation Center
      • Mercer Park Aquatic Center/Scanlon Gym
      • Terry Trueblood Lodge
      • Ned Ashton House 
    • Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center
    • City Hall 
      • The front lobby of City Hall will remain open to allow access to the Iowa City Police Department, which will continue to operate normally.
      • The public can pay City utilities, request permits, and access other City services using our easy online payment options.
    • Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center (including the Hazardous Material Collection Facility and Compost Facility)
    • Environmental Education Center at the East Side Recycling Center

    The City continues to monitor COVID-19's impact, and will review opening facilities closer to April 30, 2020. Community members seeking information and status updates related to City facilities, operations, and events may choose to subscribe