COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information
CITY FACILITY CLOSURES
In an effort to continue social distancing practices to slow the spread of COVID-19, the City of Johnston offices, including Public Works, City Hall, and Crown Point Community Center will be closed to the public through Monday, Dec. 14. City leaders will reevaluate opening prior to Dec. 14. The Johnston Public Library will remain open for curbside holds, printing pick-up, browsing by appointment and computer use.
While some facilities are closed to walk-in traffic, city services will continue to be provided by departments with customer service needs being either handled online, via email or by phone.
Visitors are encouraged to use a face mask, sanitize hands when entering and exiting the buildings, or touching surfaces, avoid physical contact, including handshaking, practice social distancing and do not come in if you have a cough or fever.
• City Hall – Closed through Dec. 14. Will reevaluated by City leaders and staff prior to Dec. 14.Please consider calling 515-278-2344 or emailing City employees. Visit www.cityofjohnston.com/directory.aspx for contact information.
• Public Works – Closed through Dec. 14. Will reevaluated by City leaders and staff prior to Dec. 14.
• Parks – Crown Point Community Center closed through Dec. 14. Will reevaluated by City leaders and staff prior to Dec. 14.
• Library – Visit www.johnstonlibrary.com for more updates.
• Fire Stations remain closed to the public until further notice.
• Public Safety Building - Lobby remains open for business
• Public meetings – City Council, Board and Commission meetings continue to be held via electronically. More information about the meetings can be found by visiting www.cityofjohnston.com.
PERMITS AND INSPECTIONS
Electronic permits being accepted
- Building permits
- Trade permits
- Rental housing registrations
Temporary suspension of rental housing inspections but will continue to register/renew rental housing registrations. Visit www.cityofjohnston.com/528/Rental-Inspections for more information.
PARKS & RECREATION
Questions, please call 515-727-8091
- Parks and trails remain open for use, but residents and visitors are encouraged to practice social distancing.
- All Parks & Recreation facility rentals, including Crown Point Community Center, Simpson Barn and Park shelters are open.
We remain open, but this is subject to change on short notice if circumstances dictate. Residents are encouraged to call 515-278-2345 or email firstname.lastname@example.org before visiting the station.
Temporary suspension of programs until further notice.
- Community educational programming
Calls for service continue, including house calls; however, response modifications have changed to minimize exposure to personnel.
The engine and trucks will stage away from medical calls only where a person has COVID-19.
- Personnel will wear a surgical masks on all calls.
- Upon arrival at the scene, personnel will ask questions initially from a distance.
- If patients exhibit symptoms or meet specific criteria, they will be asked to put on a surgical mask to prevent transmissions.
- Station tours
- Public speaking engagements
- Ride-a longs
- Educational programming events
- Checking smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on medical runs until recommendations from the Iowa Public Health Department change.
PUBLIC WORKSQuestions, please call 515-278-0822. During this time, Johnston Public Works will be deploying staff and resources to focus first on the continuation of the essential services we provide to our community and customers. Non-urgent response/services will follow as staffing and efforts to minimize exposure allow.
Encourage to be submitted electronically by emailing, Lori Mason.
- Right-of-way permits cityofjohnston.com/582/Right-of-Way
- Pet license - cityofjohnston.com/647/Your-Pet
- Lane closure permit
Water meter and meter transmitting unit replacements have been temporarily suspended. Estimates will be provided until further notice.
UPDATED: EMERGENCY PROCLAMATION
Mayor Dierenfeld issues proclamation of emergency strongly encouraging use of face masks
Johnston Mayor Paula Dierenfeld issued a proclamation, and the Johnston City Council approved a resolution, which supports and ratifies the mayor’s proclamation, on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, encouraging the observance of public health practices to slow the spread of COVID-19. The proclamation will remain in effect until it is rescinded.
The proclamation requires any persons over the age of two to wear a mask or face covering when entering a City of Johnston public building, office, or facility in Johnston.
When indoors at a business or retail location, every Johnston citizen, employee, and visitor is strongly and urgently encouraged to wear a mask or other face-covering at all times. A mask should be worn regardless of the time spent or ability to social distance, in all indoor spaces open to the public and outdoors when physical distancing of six feet or more cannot be maintained. The mask or other face covering should cover the person’s nose and mouth, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH).
In addition to wearing a mask or face covering, frequent hand washing and social distancing are also encouraged.
“Our expectation is that every time a person enters a grocery, retail store, or other business in Johnston, they will wear a mask to protect themselves and others from further spread of COVID-19,” said Mayor Paula Dierenfeld. “We need the immediate and full cooperation of every person in Johnston to reduce the burden of COVID-19 cases on our local hospitals and health care workers. This will help get our students back in their classrooms, allow our businesses to remain open and our families to once again gather for holidays and special events.”
On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, Mayor Paula Dierenfeld declared a state of emergency proclamation. View the press release and proclamation here (PDF).
The Polk County Senior lunch site and senior activities at the Crown Point Community Center in Johnston remain closed. Johnston Seniors are welcome to order a to-go lunch from the Grimes Community Center, located at 410 SE Main Street in Grimes. Lunch is available for PICK-UP ONLY at the Grimes Community Center from 11:00 a.m. to Noon. Reservations are required by 1:00 p.m. one-day in advance for the next day’s meal. Residents are urged to please call 515-986-5747 to reserve a lunch, which can be picked up at the North Entrance to the building.
The Johnston Food Pantry will be distributing food from the parking lot. Admission to the stores will be restricted, but staff will take orders, prepare the food packages and bring them outside for customers. The hours of operation may vary. Customers may also call ahead at 515-868-1357 to place their orders.
The Iowa Department of Public Health is updating the number of Iowans being monitored and tested for COVID-19 each day, Monday through Friday. Visit their website for COVID-19 numbers: idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus.