The closure of City facilities to the public, including City Hall and recreation centers, has been extended indefinitely, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

On March 17, 2020, the Governor first declared a State Public Health Emergency due to COVID-19, and has since extended the emergency several times.

In accordance with the Governor's orders, and following Iowa Department of Public Health mitigation guidelines, the City has extended the following facilities closures that began in March: 

  • City Hall
  • Iowa City Public Library
  • Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center
  • Landfill and Recycling Center (except for rural Johnson County residents)
  • The Education Center at the East Side Recycling Center
  • Animal Care and Adoption Center
  • Parks and Recreation facilities:
    • Robert A. Lee Recreation Center
    • Mercer Park Aquatic Center/Scanlon Gym
    • Terry Trueblood Park Lodge
    • Ned Ashton House
    • Playground equipment at all City parks

All changes in operating schedules, cancellations, or other alterations to City operations and facilities will be communicated as circumstances arise. Community members can receive updates related to City facilities, operations, and events may choose to subscribe at

New COVID-19 screening website launched by State

A new COVID-19 screening service created by the State,, was launched by the Governor on Tuesday, April 21, 2020. 

The Governor has asked every Iowan to take the assessment of their health on the website, if they have symptoms or no symptoms at all, in order to better track COVID-19 throughout Iowa. After taking the assessment, users could be directed to be tested, and the website would then provide guidance on how best to get tested. 

Read the news release about on the Governor's website

You can find resources on COVID-19 on our website,

Date of publication

Friday, April 24, 2020