Some City and County services have been impacted by the pandemic. Changes to operations will be communicated as circumstances evolve. 

Mayor Bruce Teague has issued an order that, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the spread of the Delta variant, every person in the City of Iowa City must wear a face covering when in a public space. See the news release. 

    City and County Services Updates

    Other Updates  

    Animal Care and Adoption Center (City)

    The Animal Care and Adoption Center reopened to the public on July 1, 2021.

    Building Inspection Services (City)

    Neighborhood and Development Services,which houses Building Inspection Services, reopened to the public on July 1, 2021. 

    As of Tuesday, June 1, 2021, Building Inspection Services resumed pre-COVID-19 inspection processes for occupied homes. Those with questions can contact Tim Hennes at 319-356-5122. 

    City Hall (City) 

    City Hall reopened to the public on Thursday, July 1, 2021. 

    Housing Authority (City and County)

    The Housing Authority Office reopened on July 1, 2021. If you need to speak with your caseworker or Housing Authority staff, call 319-356-5400. For more information, visit their website.

    Fair Housing Resources 

    The City of Iowa City’s Office of Equity and Human Rights is available to assist businesses, landlords, and property managers on questions concerning unlawful discrimination and harassment.

    Staff has put together a memo containing guidance on fair housing and COVID-19. Memos on unlawful discrimination are available online at

    If you have additional questions, email or call 319-356-5022. 

    Landfill (City and County)

    The Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center is open and all services are available.

    Reopening Information
    • Cash is discouraged. Please use credit or debit card, or check.
    • The landfill office is not open to the public.  Please wait in line to talk with the scale operator or call 319-356-5151. 

    Library (City)

    The Iowa City Public Library has reopened.

    For more information, visit the website. 

    Parks and Recreation (City)

    Covid-19 has presented many changes to our normal routines. Iowa City Parks and Recreation is implementing a phased reopening of recreation centers, pools, registered programs, and other activities throughout the spring, summer, and fall of 2021. 

    Effective Friday, August 20, 2021

    All staff and the public will be required to wear masks in our City Facilities. This includes:

    • Entrances at indoor and outdoor pools
    • Locker rooms at indoor and outdoor pools 
    • Decks at indoor pools (NOT outdoor pool) until ready to get into the water 
    • Individuals participating in Iowa City Parks and Recreation programs and events will not be required to wear masks when outdoors.
    • The Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center is open. The gym and fitness room will be available for patrons. The pool will re-open on Monday, August 23, 2021. For the pool, schedule visit
    • Pool passes and punch cards are now accepted and can be purchased at Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center, or Mercer Park Aquatic Center & Scanlon Gym.
    • Facility and Park Shelter rentals are now available.
    • Iowa City Farmers Market is in-person. Customers, vendors, and staff are required to wear masks inside the ramp while attending the market.

    Senior Center (City and County)

    Senior Center reopened to the public on Thursday, July 1, 2021. 

    For more information and activity suggestions, visit the Center website and social media.

    Transit (City and County)

    The CDC and Federal government still require that masks be worn on public transportation, including Iowa City-area buses. Those using City buses should continue to wear masks and maintain social distance when on the bus. 

    Iowa City Transit

    Fare collection has resumed and riders will be asked to board through the front of the bus. 

    Iowa City Transit is continuing with procedures and policies to ensure the health and safety of our employees and riders including:

    • Deep cleaning and sanitization of buses and transit facilities
    • Plastic barriers near the driver area to promote social distancing 
    • Requiring drivers and passengers to wear face coverings

    For further updates and bus schedules, visit the Iowa City Transit website. 

    Coralville, CAMBUS, Johnson County

    For transportation updates related to Coralville Transit, Johnson County SEATS, CAMBUS, and more, visit the Johnson County Mobility Coordination website. 

    Utilities (City)

    The Utilities front desk reopened on July 1, 2021. The City is reminding residents that they can drop off utility bill payments at the dropbox located outside of City Hall (located in the City Hall lot immediately east of the building, across the street from New Pioneer Food Co-op). 

    Cash or check are accepted. Please include your payment stub, or the address and account number to apply the payment to. 

    Wastewater (City)

    Wastewater services will continue as normal. Residents can keep our wastewater services operating smoothly by not flushing disinfectant wipes or toiletry wipes down the toilet. Even if the packaging says "flushable," these wipes do not break down like toilet paper, causing operational issues at the wastewater facility. 

    Learn more by watching this video: "Why flushable wipes shouldn't go in the toilet"

    Water (City)

    The COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking-water supplies. Residents can continue to use and drink water from their tap as usual. For more information, visit the Environmental Protection Agency's website.