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Posted on: May 15, 2020

Coralville Continues Closure of City Facilities in Response to COVID-19

Coronavirus. Photo credit: CDC; Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAM

Based on Governor Kim Reynolds’ proclamations and public health guidelines, the City of Coralville is extending the closure of City Hall, the Coralville Public Library, Coralville Recreation Center, North Ridge Pavilion, and Coralville Center for the Performing Arts through May 27, 2020. As that date approaches, a decision will be made regarding re-opening based on information that is available at that time. All public and private events scheduled in those facilities through May 27, 2020, are cancelled. 

The City of Coralville is working to address the COVID-19 public health challenge together with local, state, and federal partners. Services continue to the greatest extent possible while working to protect the health of citizens and staff. 

Farmers’ Market

Coralville Farmers’ Market will open on Monday, May 18, 2020, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in the Coralville Community Aquatic Center parking lot, 1513 7th Street. Farm and take-home food products, including baked goods, will be available for purchase; prepared foods, arts, crafts, jewelry, or services will not be available. The market will allow for drive-through and walk-up customers. A list of vendors is available at www.coralville.org/farmersmarket or www.facebook.com/coralvillefarmersmarket.

The Market will operate in compliance with Governor Kim Reynolds’ April 24 proclamation and guidelines issued by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, and Iowa Department of Public Health. 

City Hall

The City continues to provide essential services, while taking precautions to protect employee and citizen health. City Hall is closed to the public. However, staff remains available via phone at 319.248.1700 during regular hours of 7:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. 

  • Many payments and other services can be completed via www.coralville.org.
  • Utility bills can be paid online or through the drop box in the City Hall parking lot, 1512 7th Street.
  • Yard waste stickers can be purchased by phone at 319.248.1700 or by mail with a check for $25.50 sent to Coralville City Hall; include name and address for returning the sticker; write “annual yard waste sticker” in the memo area of the check. Once received, stickers will be mailed the next business day when possible. 
  • Yard waste bags can be purchased at Coralville HyVee stores or Theisen’s. 
  • Parking citations can be paid by mail; instructions appear on the parking citation. 
  • Job applications can be completed online at www.coralville.org/jobs

Coralville Recreation Center

The Recreation Center will remain closed through May 27. Registration for summer recreation programming will begin on Wednesday, May 20. A modified summer activity program listing will be available at www.coralville.org/parksandrec by Tuesday, May 19. Registration by phone will be available Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm at 319.248.1750 or online at www.coralville.org/parksandrec

Families can follow Parks and Recreation at www.facebook.com/CoralvilleParksandRecreation for activities that can be done in the park system individually or as families while maintaining social distancing. Staff remain available for information via phone at the hours listed above.

Coralville Public Library

The Library will continue to provide services, including eMedia materials through OverDrive (Libby), RB Digital, TumbleBooks, and video streaming services through Kanopy. Access to online databases is also available. Individuals needing assistance with eMedia access or delivery of library books and materials in Coralville should call the Library. Due dates will be extended to June 15, 2020, and no fines will be charged on materials at this time. Reference services and virtual programming, including story times and book groups, are being offered; please check www.coralvillepubliclibrary.org or follow the Library on social media for details (www.facebook.com/coralvillepubliclibrary on Facebook or @CoralPubLibrary on Twitter). 

Library staff are currently planning expanded Library services beginning in June, including on-line Summer Library Programs and additional wi-fi hot spots and laptops for use outside of the Library. 

To contact the Library, call 319.248.1850 or email reference@coralville.org. During the building closure, Library staff are available from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday; and 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday for assistance via phone or email. 

Public Meetings Proceed

At this time, all public meetings are scheduled to proceed electronically. City Council meetings and Planning and Zoning Commission meetings can be viewed live and rebroadcast on MediaCom 118-8 or live and on-demand at www.coralville.org/coralvision. Written comments can be sent up until 5:00 pm on the day of the meeting to City Clerk Thor Johnson at tjohnson@coralville.org or 1512 7th Street, Coralville, Iowa 52241. Persons with comments can also come to the City Council Chambers at 1512 7th Street, where electronic access will be provided. Social distancing will be required.

Parks, Golf Course, and Trails Remain Open

Coralville parks, trails, and Brown Deer Golf Club remain open. Playgrounds are closed as required by state proclamation.

Transit Service Continues with Modified Routes, Paused Fare Collection

Coralville Transit operations continue. Fare collection has been paused and riders are asked to board from the rear entrance when possible. The front door remains available for riders with mobility concerns to board and exit. Riders needing assistance, including the ramp to board, are asked to knock on the front door or indicate to the driver that assistance is needed. Riders are asked to practice social distancing while waiting for and riding the bus. Routes have been modified until further notice as follows: 

  • Lantern Park and 10th Street routes operate once an hour during peak hours.
  • The 10th Street route departs from the downtown Iowa City interchange on the hour beginning at 7:00 am with the last bus departing at 5:00 pm. 
  • The Lantern Park route departs from the downtown Iowa City interchange on the half hour beginning at 6:30 am with the last bus departing at 5:30 pm. 
  • The last Night bus departs from the downtown Iowa City interchange at 9:10 pm with service ending at 10:00 pm. 
  • The last Saturday bus departs from the downtown Iowa City interchange at 5:15 pm with service ending at 6:00 pm. 
  • The North Liberty route is not operating until further notice. 
  • The AM Express, Express, and 1st Avenue schedules are operating under regular schedules. 

City Water Is Safe

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that the COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking water. The American Water Works Association notes that EPA encourages the continued use of tap water, as COVID-19 has not been detected in drinking water supplies. EPA has established regulations with treatment requirements for public water systems that prevent waterborne pathogens such as viruses from contaminating drinking water and wastewater. COVID-19 is a type of virus that is particularly susceptible to disinfection and standard treatment and disinfectant processes are expected to be effective. 

Social Distancing and Tips for General Prevention

The best way to prevent the spread of illness is to avoid being exposed or spreading it to others. To practice social distancing: 

  • Stay home. 
  • Keep a distance of at least six feet between yourself and others. 
  • Eliminate unnecessary outings in public spaces. 
  • Reduce the frequency of important trips outside the home. For example, get groceries once per week, rather than three times a week. 
  • Conduct business and communications with those outside your home with virtual meetings, by phone, email, or mail when possible. 
  • Use curbside pickup, when available. • Do not bring other members of your household on errands and shopping trips unless necessary. 

Social distancing does not mean limiting yourself to staying in your home. Outdoor spaces, including parks and trails, are a good way to get fresh air, exercise, and de-stress. The following tips are good everyday practice to help prevent the spread of illness, including COVID-19: 

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. 
  • If a tissue is not available, cough into your elbow. 
  • Wash your hands using soap and water for at least 20 seconds (especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing). 
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Public health experts such as the Iowa Department of Public Health and the United States Centers for Disease Control are the best resources for accurate information about COVID-19.

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