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Posted on: May 19, 2020

State COVID-19 Guidelines Reminder

As we continue to work together to help keep Cedar Falls safe, stay updated on the current COVID-19 state guidelines -

In accordance with the public health proclamation issued by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds on May 13, 2020, the following orders are in effect in Cedar Falls beginning at 5:00 AM on May 15:

Reopening Guidelines

All facilities that will be reopening or remaining open as listed in the Governor’s proclamation must implement reasonable measures to ensure social distancing of employees and customers, increased hygiene practices, and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 consistent with guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Visit https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus/Business-and-Organizations for resources from the IDPH on reopening guidelines including sanitation practices, employee safety, and workplace signage.

 Facilities That Remain Open or Reopen 

  • Restaurants may reopen to serve food and beverages on its premises but must limit the number of customers present at indoor or outdoor spaces to 50 percent of its normal operating capacity and limit party size seated together to no more than six people. Six feet of physical distance between each group or individual is required. No self-service of food or beverages, including buffets or salad bars, is allowed.
  • A fitness center, health club, health spa, or gym may reopen or remain open but must limit the number of customers present to 50 percent of its maximum legal occupancy capacity. All fitness equipment that is in use must be spaced at least six feet apart. Any group activities or classes must be limited to ten or fewer people and all people participating must maintain a distance of six feet apart at all times.
  • An enclosed mall may remain open but must limit the number of customers present to 50 percent of its maximum occupancy capacity. All common seating areas shall remain closed. Restaurants in food courts may operate on a carry-out basis. Any play area or playground must remain closed.
  • Barbershops and salons, including any establishment providing the services of cosmetology, electrology, esthetics, nail technology, manicuring, and pedicuring may reopen on an appointment basis. The number of customers shall not exceed 50 percent of the establishment’s maximum legal occupancy capacity and facilities must ensure that all customers are at least six feet apart when performing cosmetology practices.
  • Medical spas and tanning facilities may remain open
  • Massage therapy establishments, tattoo establishments, and  campgrounds may reopen
  • A speedway or race track may reopen, however, no spectators are allowed
  • Libraries and retail establishments may reopen provided that it limits the number of patrons present to 50 percent of its maximum legal occupancy capacity
  • A drive-in movie theater may remain open, but all cars are to be parked at least six feet apart
  • All social and fraternal clubs, including golf course clubhouses may reopen to the minimal extent necessary to conduct a regular business meeting of no more than ten people; to facilitate use of the golf course under appropriate social distancing, and to serve food and beverages on its premises, but they must comply with the following requirements:
  • The club should make reasonable efforts to encourage vulnerable Iowans, including those with preexisting medical conditions and those older than 65, to limit their attendance and in-person interactions at the club. They must limit the number of customers present at indoor or outdoor spaces to 50 percent of its normal operating capacity.
  • If the course or club has a restaurant, they must follow the same restrictions as restaurants listed above. If they serve alcoholic beverages and the service of food is merely incidental to the consumption of beverages (limited to the service of ice, snack foods, and the reheating of commercially prepared foods), it does not fall under the restaurant state policy and the public may not be seated there. Food and beverages may be sold if such food or beverages are promptly taken from the premises, such as on a delivery, carry-out or drive-through basis.

Continual Closures

  • A bar shall continue to be closed to the general public. A bar differs from a restaurant which serves alcohol and is defined by the Governor as an establishment where a customer may purchase alcoholic beverages and in which the serving of food is incidental to the consumption of those beverages and is limited to the service of ice, snack foods and the reheating of commercially prepared foods such as frozen pizza, pre-packaged sandwiches, or other prepackaged, ready-to-serve products
  • Food and beverages may be sold if such food or beverages are promptly taken from the premises or delivered to  customers off-premise
  • Theaters and other performance venues at which live performances or motion pictures are shown (besides drive-in theaters), museums, casinos and gaming facilities, senior citizen centers and adult daycare facilities, amusements (including bingo halls, bowling alleys, pool halls, arcades, and amusements parks), skating rinks and skate parks, playgrounds, swimming pools, and door-to-door sales remain prohibited.
  • Auctions with more than 10 people present in person continue to be prohibited until 11:59 p.m. on May 27, 2020, at all locations and venues, except for livestock auctions that only include food animals and farm product auctions, which may continue to operate so long as there are no more than 25 people present in person.

Social, community, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings and events of more than 10 people shall continue to be prohibited at all locations and venues, including but not limited to parades, festivals, conventions, and fundraisers until 11:59 p.m. on May 27, 2020.

View the full proclamation by Governor Reynolds at https://governor.iowa.gov/.

The City continues to highly encourage residents to wear masks when out in the public as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control have validated that a mask will help considerably in reducing the spread of COVID-19. The City also reminds the community to practice frequent handwashing, disinfection of surfaces, and abide by social distancing guidelines by keeping at least six feet away from others.

City staff will continue to work with the Iowa Department of Health and Black Hawk County Health Department to keep the community safe and informed. Stay updated by following the City of Cedar Falls on Facebook and Twitter (@citycf) and online at www.cedarfalls.com/prepare.

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