on Friday, August 28, 2020
Staff at the Cedar Falls Visitor Center wipe down high-touch points regularly
This is an uncertain time for everyone. Visitors, community members, businesses and organizations are all navigating new territory while following state-mandated guidelines and local recommendations in order to keep everyone as safe as possible amidst COVID-19.
Governor Reynolds has urged all Iowans to step up during the COVID-19 pandemic, emphasizing that it’s the simplest steps that are needed to defend against the virus. These measures include wearing a mask, practicing social distancing and washing your hands. Black Hawk County and the city of Cedar Falls also continue to encourage the use of masks while in public. You may begin to notice the use of #StepUpMaskUpIA and #MaskUpCF in our social media platforms.
On September 8, 2020, the City of Cedar Falls went as far as to pass a mask mandate resolution that will be in effect until October 1, 2020. The details can be found HERE.
Because so many local organizations recognize the importance of safety precautions, they have creatively offered events that accommodate safety measures. For example, the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center recently held a drive-in style concert (and soon, drive-in movies) as well as concerts with Local Legends online. You’ll find updates and current events at CedarValley365.com.
Other activities like our Public Art Tour, Downtown Tour & Hunt, Birding, Fishing, Celebrating George Wyth State Park and exploring more than 100 miles of trails in the Cedar Valley are fun, popular and safe to enjoy.
All of our attractions and businesses are putting in extra effort sanitizing their buildings and encouraging patrons to maintain social distancing. A few businesses have made it a point to let us know their current accommodations as they relate to COVID-19.
Cedar Falls Historical Society (as of July 2020)
The Victorian Home & Carriage House Museum, Little Red Schoolhouse, and the Ice House Museum have announced their health and safety policies. Museum hosts will be wearing masks and all visitors are strongly encouraged to wear a mask as well. More areas may be roped off to encourage viewing from a distance since artifacts cannot be sanitized. No more than 10 visitors will be allowed in a building at one time and social distancing is requested. Before visiting their museums, please review their online statement and be sure to watch their Facebook page for virtual events.
Oster Regent Theatre (as of August 2020)
Over the next six months, the Oster Regent Theatre will have “smaller casts and smaller audiences for social distancing. Many rows and seats will be closed off. Masks are required. Opening nights remain the same for the rest of our shows in the season.” Prior to rehearsals and performances, E-Mist electrostatic disinfecting units will be used. Also, all restrooms have been refurbished and have touch-free towel and soap dispensers.
The Black Hawk Hotel (as of July 2020)
The Black Hawk Hotel also has COVID-19 policies posted to their website. Self check-ins, housekeeping precautions, limited staffing and spacing between booked rooms are a few of their new guidelines.
Bar Winslow, the hotel’s prohibition-style cocktail bar, is also making accommodations. A fun alternative to enjoying a cocktail on premise is their monthly Cocktail Kit and cocktails to go.
We understand it’s not business as usual due to COVID-19 and that not all visitors and residents feel comfortable entering retail shops and restaurants without knowledge of coronavirus policies, including the use of face masks. Your safety is of utmost concern to our local businesses and we encourage you to contact a business or visit their website and social platforms for more information. Many businesses continue to offer takeout and/or touchless curbside pickup and several businesses host live shopping and virtual events on Facebook and YouTube. CedarValleyStrong.com was established by Heath Wilken and Danny Laudick to connect businesses with customers. It encourages the purchase of gift cards and online items that can be picked up or delivered.
We know this is a fluid situation. Policies and other precautions will evolve as we make our way through the pandemic. We encourage you to double check hours of operation and the policies of your destination.
If you have questions or concerns, please call the Cedar Falls Tourism & Visitors Bureau at 800-845-1955/319-268-4266.
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