Mayor Stresses Polk County Still Under COVID-19 Restrictions, Urges Diligence

DES MOINES, IOWA – Wednesday, April 29, 2020 – Mayor Frank Cownie today stressed that Polk County remains under coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions and urged Des Moines residents to remain diligent and observe proper safeguards. Governor Kim Reynolds this week announced she was lifting business closures across 77 counties on May 1, however, Polk County is not among the 22 counties that will see an easing of restrictions. 

“I want to reaffirm to Des Moines residents that we must be disciplined about social distancing and limited contact.  Staying home and staying healthy is the best way to protect our family, friends and coworkers,” Cownie said. “I want to commend residents for doing a great job so far – let’s remain diligent and safe in the weeks ahead.”

Easing of restrictions began last week when Governor Reynolds announced the reopening of farmers’ markets across the state.  Mayor Cownie said providing Iowans access to fresh fruits and vegetables is a good idea but added that “the farmers’ markets that we’ll see this spring and summer will be far different from the events we’ve all come to enjoy.” 

Cownie said City officials will meet this week with Downtown Farmers’ Market organizers to work out details. Once a safe process has been outlined, Cownie will issue a proclamation specifying precisely the processes and requirements for a possible opening. 

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

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