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Cities close facilities

Solon, North Liberty, Iowa City close libraries and community centers

JOHNSON COUNTY– Events are being canceled and local cities are encouraging residents to limit their interaction in response to local cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
“The COVID-19 pandemic is unlike anything we’ve faced in our lifetimes,” observed Solon City Administrator Cami Rasmussen.
The cities of Solon, North Liberty and Iowa City have closed their libraries and community centers effective immediately to mitigate the spread of disease.
In North Liberty, the closure is scheduled to last through Sunday, April 12.
“All programs and events at the Community Center, including library and recreation programs, are also cancelled,” the City of North Liberty announced Monday, March 16. “This is in line with CDC guidance recommending the cancellation or postponement of gatherings of 50 people or more.”
North Liberty’s Spring Break Camp, which is providing care for 20 children the week of March 16 through March 20, will remain open, the city noted.
North Liberty had previously announced the postponement of many activities, including the recreation department’s Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for April 4 and its Senior Connections Lunches, along with the North Liberty Community Library’s Blank Park Zoo program March 28, The Bridge to Reading Party on April 2 and the library’s Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for April 3.
The City of Solon already had plans to use a planned closure of the Solon Community Center to give the building a thorough cleaning and tentatively planned to reopen on Monday, March 23, Rasmussen said. The facility is closed Monday, March 16, through Sunday, March 22, so the school district can have the gym floor refinished, she noted.
The community center and the Solon Public Library are now to remain closed indefinitely, she said.
The City of Solon has also closed the main window at City Hall to limit public interaction, she added.
Rasmussen said the Iowa Department of Public Health provided guidance for cities in preparation for the outbreak. Hand sanitizer stands were added at the entrance of all city buildings, door handles and share worked spaces and equipment are being cleaned daily, and hand washing signage has been placed in all restrooms and buildings, she said.
The City of North Liberty also implemented enhanced cleaning of areas throughout the community center and city hall.
The City of North Liberty is postponing water shut-offs for delinquent bills through the current cycle and is encouraging patrons to consider using online and telephone resources to avoid trips.
Solon is also suggesting residents use drive-through drop boxes to make water bill payments. Payments can also be made over the phone with a credit card, or online though the city website, although there is a fee for online payments, Rasmussen said.
As the situation unfolds in the coming days and weeks, she said, information will be shared on the City of Solon website www.solon-iowa.com, the City of Solon Facebook page and, if necessary, the new Nixle emergency notification system. Residents can sign up for Nixle notification on the City website or by simply texting the word SOLON to 888777.

The City of Iowa City announced Sunday, March 15, the immediate closing of the Iowa City Public Library, the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center and Mercer Park Aquatic Center through at least April 5. All recreation programing has also been canceled through at least April 5, including swim lessons.
The Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center animal shelter will be closed to the public, including volunteers.
Iowa City indicated it is following new mitigation guidelines released by the Iowa Department of Public Health after community spread was declared in the State of Iowa.
According to its announcement, Iowa City will remain focused on the continuity of critical operations: the police and fire departments, providing clean water, sewer services, trash and recycling collection, and transit.

North Liberty
Contact North Liberty City Hall by phone at 319-626-5700 or online at northlibertyiowa.org.
Contact the Library by phone at 319-626-5701 or online at northlibertylibrary.org.
Recreation may be contacted by phone at 319-626-5716 or online at northliberty.recdesk.com.

Solon
Contact Solon City Hall by phone at 319-624-3755or online www.solon-iowa.com.
Contact Solon Community Center by phone at 319-624-2499 or online www.solon-iowa.com.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces by using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.