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Coronavirus Closure Extended for City Buildings

DES MOINES, IOWA – Thursday, April 9, 2020 – For the protection and health of residents and employees from the coronavirus outbreak, the City of Des Moines is extending the closure of its public buildings. This includes the City Hall, Armory, Municipal Service Center, and Public Works buildings, the Des Moines Wastewater Reclamation Authority (WRA) and the office location for the Civil & Human Rights Department. 

 The closure extension will continue at least through May 17. The buildings initially closed March 17 through April 12.

 “As we conclude our first month under a state of emergency, it is vital that we remain disciplined, focused and committed to controlling this deadly virus,” said Mayor Frank Cownie. 

 Cownie reminded everyone to wash their hands and to only go outside for necessities such as groceries, health care and exercise and to practice appropriate social distancing in each instance.

 All deadlines remain suspended indefinitely for City permits, licenses, certifications and fines. Parking meter enforcement remains discontinued except where parking is prohibited – near fire hydrants, fire lanes and loading zones. Motorists should not park in spaces designated for handicapped permit parking unless they have the proper credentials. Parking is also prohibited in metered spaces that are bagged indicating No Parking or No Parking by Police Order

 As the coronavirus pandemic continues to change, City staff are working to ensure that essential municipal services are maintained. Many services continue to be available via phone, email and the City’s website. A full list of the latest municipal service impacts for Des Moines residents is available at

 To monitor the most current updates related to COVID-19, visit


Al Setka
Communications Manager, City Manager’s Office 
(515) 283-4057

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