The City would like to thank all transit users who have been wearing cloth masks when riding buses the past few weeks.

In order to further our goal of keeping drivers and passengers safe, and to follow the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention's recommendation that cloth masks should be used where social distancing is not always possible, the City has collected roughly 175 cloth masks that transit users can have for free if they do not already have one. 

The cloth masks are available at the City's Parking Office, 335 Iowa Avenue, until supplies run out. The office is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. One mask per customer. People can also quickly make their own cloth mask at home

Thank you to the Old Capitol Quilters Guild for sewing and donating the cloth masks to help keep transit safe.

04/10/2020: Due to the CDC's recent recommendation that people should wear cloth masks while in public spaces where social distancing may not be possible, the City is asking transit riders to please wear a cloth mask when riding a bus. 

Wearing a cloth mask while riding transit will help keep both the drivers and riders safe, and limit the spread of COVID-19. City bus drivers also have access to, and and wear, masks.

The City also reminds residents that travel on public transit should be used for only absolutely essential trips: to work, for grocery shopping, or healthcare related trips. 

The read the CDC's cloth mask recommendation, visit their website. The CDC also has instructions on how anyone can make their own cloth mask at home. 

For all Iowa City COVID-19 news, updates and resources, visit our web page at

Date of publication

Wednesday, April 22, 2020