COVID-19 Updates




April 6, 2020

Governor Reynolds signs new proclamation ordering additional closures. To encourage further distancing and mitigation efforts, shopping malls, bowling alleys, arcades, museums, libraries, bingo hallsrace tracks, skate parks, indoor and outdoor playgrounds, campgrounds and toy, gaming, music, instrument, movie and tobacco/vaping stores will close effective April 7 and until April 30. Details and an overview of all existing closures can be found HERE.

April 2, 2020

Governor Reynolds signs new proclamation continuing State Public Health Declaration. It extends closures and limits placed on bars and restaurants and previously identified retail stores, prohibits social gatherings of more than ten people, and continues to ban nonessential and elective surgeries until April 30, 2020. Details HERE

March 27, 2020

KWWL-TV and KCRG-TV have a Takeout Guide on their websites specifically for restaurants with curbside pickup, delivery and carry-out options. Restaurant owners, on either page, scroll to the bottom of the list to find a link or form to submit your restaurant’s information. 

March 26, 2020

Governor Reynolds announced an expansion of a prior emergency proclamation that existing closures will be extended one week, through April 7. Governor Reynolds also ordered additional retail closures including book stores, clothing and shoe stores, jewelry stores, luggage stores, cosmetic, perfume and beauty supply stores, furniture stores, florists and home furnishing stores

The closure order does not affect other retail establishments, such as discount stores, grocery stores, or pharmacies that sell these goods in addition to other essential food, medical supplies, and household goods. Details HERE

March 26, 2020


Hilton Garden Inn in Cedar Falls is offering individual rooms for $35/day as a workspace for working remotely. The workspace hours are 7:00 am - 6:00 pm. Call them at 319-266-6611. Weekly rates are also available.  

Hampton Inn in Cedar Falls is offering private rooms for $50 (day use) and a weekly (Monday-Friday) rate of $150 so that individuals can work remotely. Call them at 319-242-7350.

The Holiday Inn & Suites (Bien VenU) in Cedar Falls is offering individual rooms for $45/day ($200 weekly), 7am-6pm, Monday-Friday. Call them for details at 319-260-2600.

Although The Black Hawk Hotel is temporarily closed, their adjacent retro motel is available to healthcare professionals who may want to self-isolate. They offer nightly, weekly or monthly rates. Call 319-260-4020 or email

March 25, 2020

Please continue to maintain your listings as usual at Because their website has a travel message on all pages regarding COVID-19, you do not need to mark your listing as closed. If you need to let them know of your event cancellation, contact them at

If your attraction, event, restaurant or hotel isn't currently listed, visit their homepage and ADD your business by scrolling to the bottom of the page and selecting Submit a Listing or Submit an Event.  

March 23, 2020

Governor Kim Reynolds announced a new Iowa Small Business Relief Program that will provide financial assistance to small businesses and tax deferrals to any Iowa businesses that have been economically impacted by the COVID19 pandemic.  All applications received by the deadline, MARCH 31, AT 12:00 pm (noon), will be reviewed for consideration. The program is NOT first-come, first-served.

The SBA’s Iowa office is holding webinars to provide an overview of the assistance available to Iowa small businesses on Thursday, March 26, 2:30 – 4:00 pm.

March 23, 2020

Cedar Valley Hospitality Partners meeting originally scheduled for Thursday, March 26, has been postponed. 

March 21, 2020

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) issued a disaster declaration for the state of Iowa as of March 21, 2020. The declaration allows pandemic-impacted small businesses to apply for low-interest support loans. The declaration comes after Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds submitted a federal funding request via the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. Applications are available through the SBA’s website HERE

March 18, 2020

The Iowa Economic Development Authority is working with UNI’s Institute for Decision Making to gather information that will be used to communicate the needs of businesses and to develop programs to provide assistance. (Survey remained open until Monday, March 23, 5pm).

View COVID-19 Business Impact Survey HERE

March 18, 2020

Cedar Falls Community Main Street (Local Business Updates section), the College Hill Partnership (blog post) and Cedar Valley Strong have published a list of retail shops with online stores and restaurants/bars with carry-out, delivery and curbside pickup. Contact them to add your business information and continue to communicate your updates with these organizations. Experience Waterloo has also established a restaurant list. 

March 17, 2020

In accordance with the emergency order issued by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds on March 17, 2020, all restaurants, bars, gyms and theaters in Iowa will close from noon today until 11:59 pm on March 31, 2020, unless extended or shortened by the Governor. Note: on March 26, Governor Reynolds extended closures through April 7. Find local information at

March 16, 2020

To help prevent the exposure opportunities of COVID-19, the City of Cedar Falls closed  the Cedar Falls Tourism & Visitors Bureau/Cedar Falls Visitor Center to the public until at least April 10. However, we are continuing to work to promote and foster our community as a quality destination. We are taking this time to assist partner/stakeholders as they reschedule and bid on events, to refine our messaging in preparation for eventual recovery, and to look after our friends and neighbors, offering service as we can. Find local announcements at


Updates and Resources


Hospitality Partners



Black Hawk County Health Department
Understand the COVID-19 response in our communities and how best to prepare and respond.

City of Cedar Falls 
Local information and up-to-date information for businesses and residents. 

Cedar Valley Strong
Their website lists shops and restaurants/bars in the Cedar Valley offering carry-out and delivery. 

Cedar Falls Community Main Street
Local Business Updates page shares updated hours and services for the shops and restaurants located in the downtown district. 

College Hill Partnership
COVID-19 blog post shares updated hours and services for the shops and restaurants located on College Hill. 

Grow Cedar Valley
Find Cedar Valley COVID-19 updates and resources including tips for teams that work remotely. 

Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa - Grants


Travel Iowa
Resources for Tourism Partners 

Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA)
Multiple resources for financial assistance and business guidance. 

Small Business Relief Tax Deferral

Iowa Workforce Development

SBDC - Iowa
SBDC councelors and preparedness for business continuity. 

Iowa Culture

Iowa Culture - Grants

Iowa Restaurant Association

COVID-19 in Iowa
Status, symptoms, prevention, Iowa guidance, resources and FAQs.

Legal Information Hotline
Iowa Legal Aid staff will assist Iowa experiencing legal issues due to COVID-19.

DOT Offices
Information about DOT facilities, rest areas and driver's license service centers. 



Symptom Checker

Information about COVID-19 symptoms, how to protect yourself, home care and cleaning. CDC Hotline (24/7) 770-488-7100

Use of Cloth Face Coverings And, Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams shows you how to make one HERE. (CDC 4/3/20)

Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Map 

Social Distancing


Small Business and Nonprofit Paycheck Protection

SBA Disaster Assistance Loans




Government and Tech



National - Arts & Culture

Arts Education Partnership

Grants - Non-state

Creative Capital - Resources

Common Field - Resources

Grants - Musicians