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 also continues to extend the waiver on transportation restrictions for overweight loads.

April 2, 2021 Proclamation
March 5, 2021 Proclamation
February 5, 2021 Proclamation
January 7, 2021 Proclamation
December 16, 2020 Proclamation
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November 10, 2020 Proclamation
September 18, 2020 Proclamation
August 27, 2020 Proclamation
August 21, 2020 Proclamation
July 24, 2020 Proclamation
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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
NRPA News and Resources for Parks and Recreation
CDC Recommendations for Aquatics Staff
CDC Considerations for Public Pool, Hot Tubs and Water Playgrounds During COVID-19
CDC Guidance for Operating Youth and Summer Camps 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

The Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMACH)...

Current Guidance and Resources

Pool & Hot Tube Alliance (PHTA)...

Reopening any business or establishment in these times is not without some risk to staff and membership/guests.  Permission to open also does not necessarily mean that a given facility must or even should open.  Each facility must decide whether opening under the specific constraints of a given order with continued guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is technically, logistically and financially feasible.  While properly treated pool water is not considered a vehicle for transmission of the COVID-19 virus, the risk of transmission remains present at any place of work, and any recreation facility.  Therefore social distancing must be maintained at all times between staff, between guests and between staff and guests.  Hand washing and sanitation and regular cleaning and disinfection of objects and surfaces are equally essential.  

Practice Tips for Maintaining and Opening Public Pools and Hot Tubs

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, including meeting a set of outlined indicators and gating criteria prior to implementing a phased approach that prioritizes public health and safety when reopening. Park and recreation professionals should recognize that phased reopening plans will not be an immediate return to normal operations, rather, they should include additional mitigation measures to maintain states of low to no community transmission.

Path to Recovery

American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council Answers COVID-19 and Aquatics ...

The emergence of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has raised questions among aquatic facilities, lifeguards and instructors about the operation of aquatic facilities, education of lifeguards and lifeguarding rescues and resuscitation, and delivery of American Red Cross courses.  This document provides guidance to Red Cross instructors, aquatic facility operators, and students.  In addition, lifeguarding students may have questions about alterations to rescues and resuscitation during the COVID-19 public health emergency.  

COVID Health and Safety

Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) ...

Summer programs provide an essential support for working families. Many schools, communities,and childcare facilities are working to determine if and when they open to provide summer programming to school-aged children. The updated childcare guidance has been developed in consultation with the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Iowa Department of Education.

COVID-19 DHS Resources
Childcare Resources


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