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Posted on: April 27, 2020

[ARCHIVED] GOVERNOR REYNOLDS EXTENDS CLOSURES IN POLK COUNTY THROUGH MAY 15

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Today, Gov. Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration until May 27, 2020. The proclamation loosens social distancing measures in 77 Iowa counties effective Friday, May 1, and continues restrictions until 11:50 p.m. on Friday, May 15, 2020, for the remaining 22 counties. Polk County, in which Johnston resides is included in the continued restriction group.

In the 77 counties, the proclamation permits restaurants, fitness centers, malls, libraries, race tracks, and certain other retail establishments to reopen in a limited fashion with public health measures in place. 

With this in place, Johnston City office buildings will remain closed to public access, including City Hall, Johnston Public Library, Crown Point Community Center, Public Works and Fire stations until further notice. 

The new proclamation lifts the restriction on religious and spiritual gatherings so long as churches and other gathering hosts implement reasonable public health measures. All other regulatory relief previously provided to affected Iowans is also extended until Wednesday, May 27, 2020.

View Governor Reynolds full proclamation. 

City staff is available via email or phone to answer any questions residents may have. Consider calling 515-278-2344 or emailing City employees. Visit www.cityofjohnston.com/directory.aspx for contact information.   


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