UPDATE: Gov. Reynolds has issued a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency. This includes moving restaurants to drive-through, carry-out, and delivery only and closures of certain entities such as bars and recreational facilities. Click this link to read the proclamation.

With Saint Patrick's Day being a holiday where many gather at restaurants and bars in large numbers, the City strongly urges residents to stay home, as part of the collaborative attempt to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, also known as Coronavirus.

We applaud the local businesses that have decided to close, limit hours, or shift to delivery and pickup models ahead of the holiday. Though a difficult decision for business owners, we urge others to do the same.

Today, the White House sent out a list of recommendations on what residents throughout the country can do to slow the spread. Recommendations included:

  • Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.
  • Avoid eating or drinking in bars, restaurants, and food courts – use drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options.
  • Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips, and social visits.

Those residents and visitors who do decide to go out on the holiday or afterwards, are strongly encouraged to:

  • Avoid large crowds.
  • Remain at least six to 10 feet away from others.
  • Practice the utmost sanitary precautions such as washing one's hands for at east 20 seconds with warm water and soap, covering your coughs with a tissue or your elbow. 

On Monday, Governor Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Workforce Development announced several measures that would assist employers and employees from financial shortcomings during the COVID-19 outbreak, including information for employees filing for unemployment insurance claims, and information on programs available to employers.

To see these programs, visit the Governor's website. To view webinars about these programs, visit Iowa Workforce Development's website


Date of publication

Monday, March 16, 2020