Information on Coronavirus Outbreak - COVID 19

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The City of Cedar Falls has been working with state and county agencies to protect and inform our community regarding the COVID-19 virus. We are taking safety precautions to help decrease exposure opportunities in our community and following the guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Iowa Department of Health (IDPH). 

On this website, you will find the latest city press releases regarding COVID-19, department updates, and resources to learn more about the virus.

City Facility Updates:

With the public health proclamation issued on May 13 by Iowa Governor Reynolds, certain City facilities will be reopening under COVID-19 restrictions. During this time, we continue to put precautions in place to help protect staff and the community: 

  • Cedar Falls City Hall will be reopening to the public for regular business hours on May 18. 
    • All visitors will be required to wear masks. Staff will be wearing masks when interacting with the public as well. Signs will be positioned in City Hall notifying visitors of these requirements and social distancing marks will be in place on the floor to help visitors comply with guidelines. Visitors may only visit the front desk either upstairs or downstairs at City Hall. Plexiglass will be in place to provide a barrier between staff and visitors. Hand sanitizer stations will be set up at both windows and sanitation of all surfaces will be performed frequently. Any citizen exhibiting symptoms of illness, including fever, shortness of breath, or cough, should not visit City Hall.
    • We continue to encourage citizens to conduct business online as much as possible. Please see the resources listed under ’Learn more about doing business online with Cedar Falls’ section on this webpage for more information
  • UPDATE 6/30/20: An employee at the Cedar Falls Recreation and Fitness Center has tested positive for COVID-19. A separate employee at the Falls Aquatic Center has also tested positive for the virus. After deep-cleaning, the facilities will reopen to the public. Learn more by clicking this link
    • All patrons must wear masks and staff will also wear masks when interacting with the public. Only members will be allowed at this time (no daily admission). Per state mandates, the Rec will be operating under 50 percent occupancy capacity. Learn more about additional safety rules that will be in place at the Rec by clicking this link. Call (319) 273-8636 with any questions.
    • The Rec will be opening for adult lap swim beginning June 1, 2020, through August 9, 2020. Hours for lap swimming are 5:45 AM to 7:30 AM on Monday/ Wednesday/Friday and Tuesday/Thursday/Sunday 4:30-6:30 PM all at Holmes Junior High. Adult lap swimming is for those 18 years and older.
    • The Falls Aquatic Center will open June 20, 2020, under certain COVID-19 precautions. Click this link to learn more about the updated guidelines.
    • The Falls will only be permitting season pass holders to use their facility. Click here to learn more about rate information.
  • The Cedar Falls Public Library will remain closed, however, no-contact pickup of holds began May 20, 2020, and the library will be open by appointment only beginning July 6, 2020, for patrons to browse items, check out materials and computer use. Curbside printing service is also available. For more information on these services, including securing an appointment to visit the library, go to or contact (319) 273-8643 with any questions.
  • The Cedar Falls Community Center will remain closed.
  • The Visitors and Tourism Center will reopen on May 26, 2020. They will be open Monday - Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM, and all visitors must wear masks. Social distancing signage and plexiglass barriers will be in place at the front desk. Call (319) 268-4266 with any questions.
  • The Hearst Center for the Arts will reopen to the public beginning June 9, 2020, under normal operating hours under the following precautions
    • All patrons must wear masks in order to use the facility. Staff will also be wearing masks.
    • Staff asks that patrons be considerate of social distancing requirements when viewing exhibitions. Artworks are hung with enough space to allow for comfortable viewing.
    • Any patron exhibiting signs of illness including cough, fever, or shortness of breath or were recently exposed to a person diagnosed with COVID-19 should not enter the facility.
    • By-appointment viewing of the exhibition is also available on Mondays between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. To schedule an appointment, please call or email Heather Skeens the week before at (319) 268-5550 or
    • Currently, the Hearst has suspended all programming. Hearst summer camps have been canceled. Visit for more information and to stay updated on future programming announcements.
  •  The Cedar Falls Public Safety and Public Works buildings will continue to have limited public access. 

Learn more about doing business online with Cedar Falls:

  • Many permits, licenses, payments, services requests can be handled online, over the phone, by email, or traditional mail. Click here to see the list of city phone numbers.
  • The Inspection Services Division is currently operating as follows:
    • Permits continue to be required for work regulated under our building codes
    • Inspections are to be scheduled by call/email only and Inspectors & Building Officials can be reached by contacting City Hall at (319) 273-8600
    • Permits can be submitted electronically at
    • New construction for both residential and commercial will continue as well as exterior inspections for siding, decks, etc. Additions/remodels inspections and furnace/hot water inspections are suspended but will resume June 1.
    • Learn more about Building Inspection Services here.
  • Use the city website to report an issue or request service. Find request for service forms here.
  • Cedar Falls Public Works will have limited public access during this time. Call Public Works at (319) 273-8629 with any questions.
  • During this time, the Cedar Falls Public Safety building has limited access to the public. The Cedar Falls Police Division encourages the public to call in police reports to (319) 273-8612. Cedar Falls Public Safety will not be allowing public tours or fingerprinting up during this time. Property pick-up is now available.
    • There will be no rental or commercial inspections starting March 17.
    • You can now report crimes online at The online submission form allows for the reporting of crimes such as credit card fraud, harassment, theft, and minor vehicle accidents on private property. It is not for emergencies or crimes in progress. In an emergency situation always call 911.
  • Pursuant to the Governor’s Public Health Emergency Declaration of April 10, 2020, all in-person examination or in-person requests for records is currently suspended.
  • Starting March 17, there will be no board or commission meetings with the exception of City Council and Planning & Zoning. City Council and Planning & Zoning Meetings will be held via Videoconference and broadcast to Channel 15. Continue to check this website and view recent press releases from the City for updates on how the public can access and participate in these meetings. 
  • Please continue to check the city website and social media for additional updates. You can follow the city on Facebook and Twitter at @citycf.

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View recent press releases from the City:

  1. Falls and Rec Reopening Press Release: Released July 3, 2020
  2. CF Rec and Falls Aquatic Center Closed for COVID-19 Cleaning: June 30, 2020
  3. City Hall Reopens June 15: Released June 15, 2020
  4. Parking Enforcement Resumes June 15: Released June 12, 2020
  5. Cedar Falls City Hall Closed June 12: Released June 11
  6. Park Facilities Reopening June 1: Released May 29, 2020
  7. Cash Now Accepted at All City Facilities: May 29, 2020
  8. Hearst Reopening June 9: Released May 28, 2020
  9. Rec Reopens Adult Lap Swim: May 28, 2020
  10. Rec Summer Swim Lessons Canceled: May 28, 2020
  11. State Proclamation Issued May 13 Overview: Released May 19, 2020
  12. City Hall Reopening May 18: Released May 14, 2020
  13. Recreation and Fitness Center Reopening May 18: Released May 14, 2020
  14. Hearst Remains Closed: May 14, 2020
  15. Visitors Center Reopening May 26: Released May 15, 2020
  16. Camp Cedar Falls Canceled: May 14, 2020
  17. Hearst Summer Camps Canceled: May 14, 2020
  18. Black Hawk County Police Memorial Event Canceled: 5/12/20
  19. Planning & Zoning Meeting to be Held Via Videoconference: May 13, 2020
  20. Cedar Falls Recreation and Fitness Center Remains Closed: April 8, 2020
  21. Cedar Falls COVID-19 Update: May 7, 2020
  22. City Council Meeting to be Held Via Videoconference: May 4, 2020
  23. Golf Course Safety Reminder From Mayor Green: May 1, 2020
  24. Governor's April 27 Proclamation - Closures Extended: April 29, 2020
  25. Governor's April 27 Proclamation - Farmers Markets: April 29, 2020
  26. Governor's April 27 Proclamation - Mass Gatherings: April 29, 2020
  27. City Buildings Extend Closure Until At Least May 15: Released April 28, 2020
  28. Cedar Falls COVID-19 Update: April 16, 2020
  29. Planning & Zoning Meeting to be Held Via Videoconference: April 8, 2020
  30. City Council Meeting to be Held Via Videoconference: April 7, 2020
  31. City Buildings Extend Closure Until At Least April 30: Released April 7, 2020
  32. Pet Licenses Deadline Extended: March 24, 2020
  33. Water Reclamation Reminds Public Not to Flush 'Flushable' Wipes: March 24, 2020
  34. Public Safety Now Offering Online Reporting Form: March 23, 2020
  35. Cedar Falls Election Postponed to July 7, 2020: Released March 20, 2020
  36. City Council Holds Virtual Special Meeting Over Parking: March 20, 2020
  37. Updated Location for Special Election: March 20, 2020
  38. Use of City Playground Equipment Prohibited Due to COVID-19: March 19, 2020
  39. Cedar Falls Special Election Postponed: March 18, 2020
  40. Iowa Governor Issues New Action Including on Bars and Restaurants: March 17, 2020
  41. Cedar Falls Closes Public Buildings: March 16, 2020
  42. City Facility Status for COVID-19: March 13, 2020
  43. Cedar Falls Prepares for COVID-19: March 11, 2020

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