The Governor announced that the State will close malls, campgrounds, and more stores due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

During the Monday news conference, the Governor also stressed that all Iowans need to stay home, and to only leave their homes for essential reasons: to get food, medical care, or if they are an essential worker required to leave for work.

The list of businesses and facilities closed by the Governor include:

  • Shopping malls
  • Museums and libraries
  • Toy, music, gaming, instrument & movie stores
  • Roller or ice skating rinks and skate parks
  • Campgrounds
  • Social and fraternal clubs, including those at golf courses
  • Outdoor/indoor playgrounds and children's play centers
  • Tobacco and vaping stores
  • Bowling alleys and bingo halls

In addition, all unsolicited door-to-door sales are prohibited. The proclamation also calls on law enforcement to assist in the enforcement of these mitigation efforts. To read the full order, visit the Governor's website.

The closures begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday, April 7, 2020, and will remain through Thursday, April 30, 2020. 

Though parks remain open, the City reminds residents not to gather in any groups of 10 or more, to follow social distance guidelines by remaining at least six feet away from others at all times. These guidelines pertain to dog parks as well.

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Date of publication

Monday, April 06, 2020