Large metal sculpture outside of City Hall in Indianola, Iowa

Garden Sculpture - Indianola

Community Garden in Iowa City

Community Garden - Iowa City

Public Outdoor Pool in Indianola, Iowa

Public Pool - Indianola

Northern View of Ada Hayden Lake/Park in Story County

Ada Hayden Heritage Park Lake

Bikers crossing a bridge in Coralville, Iowa

Pedestrian Bridge - Coralville

Moore Park & Lake in Ames, Iowa

Moore Park - Ames

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Gov. Reynolds signed a new Public Health Disaster proclamation that extends critical regulatory relief for an additional 30 days to those on the frontlines of COVID19 recovery.

The proclamation continues to strongly encourage Iowans, businesses, and organizations to take reasonable public health measures consistent with guidance from the Iowa Department of Public Health.

The proclamation will expire on July 25, 2021 at 11:59PM

June 25, 2021 Proclamation
May 27, 2021 Proclamation

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)...

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated guidance specific to parks and recreation that includes information about restrooms, sports courts, pools and more. It also offers recommendations for park visitors and suggests that park and recreation administrators post signage about using facilities safely at this time. The CDC's guidance is in alignment with the information NRPA has been sharing and provides some additional recommendations. 

CDC Recommendations for Parks and Recreation
CDC Recommendations for Aquatics Staff
CDC Considerations for Public Pool, Hot Tubs and Water Playgrounds During COVID-19

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH)...

IDPH Reopening Guidance
Public Health COVID-19 Reopening Guidance for Businesses that Provide Direct Services to Clients

National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA)...

As communities begin to see reductions in virus transmission, local park and recreation professionals are developing plans for reopening spaces, facilities and programs impacted by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Agencies should adhere to all federal, state and local guidance.

Specific Guidance for Common Park and Recreation Spaces, Facilities and Programs 

American Red Cross COVID-19 Guidance

This page centralizes resources you may require as we respond to the coronavirus 2019 disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The date on each item indicates when it was posted so that you can easily view new updates.

American Red Cross COVID 19 Guidance


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