COVID-19 Updates




January 25, 2021

Governor Reynolds allocated $40 million in federal CARES Act funds to provide financial relief for eligible restaurants and bars impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Iowa Restaurant and Bar Relief Program will assist many Iowa establishments that were among the most directly and hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and associated closures and mitigation efforts. 

The online application will be available HERE beginning Monday, Feb. 1 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) and will close on Monday, Feb. 15 at 5:00 p.m. All applications submitted within that period will be considered for an award. Please note that the program is not first come, first served.

January 19, 2021

On January 19, 2021, the Cedar Falls City Council voted to extend the current Cedar Falls mask mandate resolution until March 3, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. This requires anyone within city limits to wear a face-covering (whether disposable, cloth, or face shield) in public settings when unable to remain six or more feet apart from others, including during the use of public transportation or private car services. 

January 7, 2021

Governor Kim Reynolds signed a new Public Health Disaster proclamation that modifies existing public health measures designed to reduce the spread of COVID-19. 
The proclamation continues to require that when people are in an indoor public space, and unable to social distance for 15 minutes or longer, masks are required to be worn.  
Spectator limits for sporting and recreational gatherings, including for high school-sponsored events, will be lifted Friday, January 8th, 2021. See announcement HERE

December 16, 2020

Governor Reynolds signed a new Public Health Disaster proclamation modifying the existing public health measure. For high school-sponsored events and other sporting or recreational events, including youth and adult sporting events, spectators are no longer limited to just two spectators if all spectators are from the same household.   
Restaurants or bars, including a wedding reception venue, winery, brewery, distillery, country club, or other social or fraternal club can resume in-person services at their regular business hours. Bar seating is now allowed. These new measures take effect on Thursday December 17, 2020 and expire on January 8, 2021. Read the proclamation HERE.  

December 9

Governor Reynolds signed a new Public Health Disaster proclamation modifying existing public health measures. It continues the use of face masks and limits indoor gatherings (no more than 15 people) and outdoor gatherings (no more than 30 people) until December 16, 2020. There are also modified guidelines for high school sporting events and some youth and adult sporting events. 

The rest of the proclamation remains in effect until January 8, 2021. View the governor's proclamation HERE

December 7, 2020

The Cedar Falls City Council voted to extend the city mask mandate until January 20. Anyone age TWO (this was five) and older within city limits is required to wear a face covering in public when unable to social distance. Read the Waterloo Courier's story HERE

December 2, 2020

Governor Reynolds and the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs announced the launch of an Iowa Arts & Cultural Recovery Program. Iowa Culture received $7 million in CARES Act funds to provide short-term relief to live music venues, cultural organizations, artists and musicians who have lost significant business or income due to the pandemic. 

Learn about two statewide webinars for applicants on December 4 and apply for funding by December 11 at

November 16, 2020

Governor Reynolds signed a new Public Health Disaster proclamation today to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Some of the measures added to the existing proclamation limits gatherings (including family events) to 15 people indoors and 30 people outdoors, requires masks in indoor public spaces and in state buildings,  prohibits youth and adult group sporting and recreational gatherings except for high school and college, and requires bars, restaurants, breweries, country clubs, wedding reception venues, and other social and fraternal clubs to close by 10:00 pm. Group fitness activities are prohibited at fitness centers, health clubs, health spas and gyms. The proclamation also requires arcades and bowling alleys to close by 10:00 pm

These are some of the additional public health measures. Read the full proclamation in place through December 10, 2020 HERE.   

November 11, 2020

Governor Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the Public Health Disaster Emergency. The proclamation requires face masks at indoor gatherings of 25 or more people and at outdoor gatherings of 100 or more. It also imposes new restrictions on the crowd size at youth sporting events.

Customers and employees are also now required to wear masks at salons, barbershops, massage therapy establishments, tattoo establishments, tanning facilities, and other establishments providing personal services.  

Bars, restaurants, bowling alleys, pool halls, bingo halls, arcades, indoor playgrounds, and children’s play centers are now required to ensure that groups and individuals remain six feet apart at the establishment. And groups at those establishments must also be limited to 8 people unless the entire group is from the same household. 

These new public health measures remain in effect until November 30, 2020. Click HERE to review details. The emergency proclamation will be in effect until Monday, December 10, 2020.

November 5, 2020

The State of Iowa has launched a "Movie Theatre Relief Program" with federal pandemic relief funds. Eligible theatres affected by COVID-19 could receive short-term relief of up to $10,000 per movie screen for the purpose of continuing or resuming business operations.  

The application deadline is November 16, 2021. Click HERE

October 19, 2020

The Cedar Falls City Council voted to extend the city mask mandate until December 9. Anyone age five and older within city limits is required to wear a face covering in public when unable to social distance. Read the Waterloo Courier's story HERE

September 15, 2020 

Governor Reynolds lifts bar closures in Black Hawk County. Bars can reopen Wednesday, September 16, at 5:00 pm. Restaurants in Black Hawk County will also no longer have to cut off alcohol sales at 10:00 pm. Read the Radio Iowa article HERE

September 14, 2020

The University of Northern Iowa, Iowa State and the University of Iowa each announced plans to shift their spring 2021 semester calendars to start later than originally planned. The move includes canceling spring break to try and minimize concerns about students returning to campus and spreading COVID-19. Click HERE for more information. 

September 8, 2020

The Cedar Falls City Council passed a mask mandate resolution. This will be in effect until Oct. 21, 2020, at 11:59 pm. It requires anyone age five and older within city limits to wear a face covering in public when unable to social distance. Learn more HERE.

September 2, 2020

The Iowa Small Business Relief Grant Program will be reopened to provide relief grants to bars, taverns and other establishments impacted by the Aug. 27, 2020 COVID-19 disaster proclamation that closed bars in six counties. Eligible businesses will receive a one-time $10,000 grant to assist with cash flow. The application period will begin Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020 and be open until September 24 (two weeks). Read more HERE

August 27, 2020

Governor Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the Public Health Disaster Emergency. All bars, taverns, wineries, breweries, distilleries, night clubs will close at 5:00 pm in six counties: Black Hawk, Dallas, Johnson, Linn, Polk, and Story county. They may continue to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption off premises. Restaurants in these six counties are permitted to remain open, but must stop selling and serving alcoholic beverages after 10:00 p.m. 

The proclamation also strongly encourages all Iowans two or older to wear a mask or other face covering when in public settings, especially in circumstances when it is not possible to remain six feet away from others outside their household, unless it is unsafe to do so because of health or disability.

These new public health measures remain in effect until September 20, 2020. Click HERE to review details. 

August 21, 2020

Governor Kim Reynolds has signed a proclamation extending Iowa's public health emergency until September 20 due to COVID-19. Read the governor's announcement HERE

August 6, 2020

Iowa Nonprofit Recovery Fund. As an extension of the Iowa Small Business Relief Grant Program, Governor Reynolds has allocated federal CARES Act funds to help nonprofts impacted by COVID-19. Click HERE to learn more, including initial eligibility guidelines. 

July 24, 2020

Governor Reynolds extends the public health emergency proclamation requiring social distancing measures for businesses until August 23. 

Jessica Dunker, president of the Iowa Restaurant Association, announced they launched a program called the Iowa Hospitality Promise which is between patrons and restaurants. She said, "And we're saying we'll do everything to keep you safe--and in exchange--we'd like you to do the same." Read the Radio Iowa article HERE. Read the proclamation HERE

July 17, 2020

The Iowa Economic Development Authority announced a grant program to help small businesses and organizations   with unpaid utility bills through the Small Business Utility Disruption Prevention Program. Assistance will be provided to eligible applicants on a first come, first ready to proceed basis until all funds have been exhausted or August 21, 2020, whichever comes first. Find out more HERE

July 14, 2020

Shop Iowa supports the state's retailers, offering them an opportunity to have a presence in a state-wide, online marketplace. If you are a small, Iowa retail business with physical products that can be easily shipped and you are willing receive orders through the website, visit SHOP IOWA for details HERE. This is FREE to eligible businesses until June 2021. 

July 13, 2020

#StepUpMaskUpIA. Governor Reynolds urges Iowans to "step up" as COVID-19 cases rise. The governor said “simple steps” are the best defense against the virus and that includes wearing a mask, practicing social distancing and washing your hands. See the Radio Iowa article HERE

June 25, 2020

Governor Reynolds signed a new proclamation extending State Public Health Emergency Declaration for another 30 days. 

The proclamation also clarifies that all team athletic activities may now resume, for high school and college sports. See the Radio Iowa article HERE and the Governor's proclamation HERE.  

June 11, 2020

The University of Northern Iowa will start fall semester early (August 17) and end by Thanksgiving. See article HERE

June 10, 2020

Governor Reynolds announces that Iowa businesses may reopen at full capacity on Friday, June 12. See the article HERE. Review the Governor's proclamation HERE

June 8, 2020

The Department of Cultural Affairs awards federal grants for arts and cultural organizations. See the article HERE

May 26, 2020

Governor Reynolds signed a proclamation allowing both bars and restaurants to seat groups of up to 10 together, starting May 28 (still at 50% capacity).  Live music may also resume in bars and restaurants, but performers and patrons must maintain a six foot distance. 

On June 1, outdoor performance venues, casinos, amusement parks, speedwaysskate parks, outdoor playgrounds and bowling alleys may also reopen at 50% capacity. See the proclamation HERE

May 26, 2020

If you're an attraction, business or organization, the Iowa Economic Development Authority wants your input!
Information is vital for the state's efforts to understand the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Iowa businesses and organizations. SURVEY DEADLINE EXTENDED to MAY 29, 5PM. Visit:

May 20, 2020

Governor Reynolds signed a proclamation allowing museums, aquariums and zoos to reopen with COVID-19 restrictions on May 22. Movie theaters are also allowed to open at 50% capacity and with restrictions. Swimming pools can also reopen for lap swimming and lessons. 

Governor Reynolds also announced that bars, wineries and breweries will be permitted to reopen for indoor and outdoor seating at 50% capacity and with COVID-19 restrictions on May 28.  See the proclamation HERE

May 19, 2020

As we continue to work together to help keep Cedar Falls safe, stay updated on the current COVID-19 state guidelines as of May 19, 2020. Click HERE to visit 

May 19, 2020

The third round of the Iowa Arts & Culture Emergency Relief Fund is accepting applications to provide one-time funding to eligible humanities organizations, including museums, historic sites, preservation & historical societies, and community and cultural organizations.
Due Tuesday, May 26.  VISIT:

May 15, 2020

The Cedar Falls Visitor Center, under COVID-19 restrictions, will reopen on May 26, 2020. The center will be operating under adjusted hours which will be Monday-Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00pm.

During this time, we will be implementing safety precautions to help protect both visitors and staff including:
-> All visitors must wear masks, staff will also wear masks when interacting with the public.
-> Signs and marks will be in place to help with social distancing as well as a plexiglass barrier at the front desk.
-> Visitor gift shop will remain open; however no cash will be accepted.

Any citizen/visitor exhibiting symptoms of illness, including fever, shortness of breath, or cough, should not visit the center. Questions? Call the visitor center at 319-268-4266.

To see the city alert regarding the reopening of city buildings, click HERE.  

May 13, 2020

Governor Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration and extending the business reopenings she allowed in 77 counties on May 1st to Iowa’s other 22 counties, including Black Hawk County.

Restaurants and fitness centers may reopen but only to the extent that they comply with requirements such as 50% capacity, limited group sizes/classes, social distancing and other COVID-19 restrictions. 

Bars, casinos, movie theaters and museums are to remain closed. Swimming pools as well as playgrounds, whether inside or outdoors, are to stay closed.

Social, community and sports gatherings of 10 or more are also prohibited.

The proclamation continues until at least May 27, 2020. For details of the May 13 proclamation, click HERE

May 6, 2020

Governor Reynolds signed a proclamation allowing campgrounds to reopen on a limited basis as well as malls and other retail businesses at 50% capacity. Visit

Mass gatherings of more than 10 people for purposes of social, community, recreational, leisure and sporting purposes remain prohibited except for church, farmers markets and some auctions; certain restrictions apply and reasonable precautions are required for such allowed gatherings. 

The City continues to highly encourage residents to wear masks, practice frequent handwashing, disinfection of surfaces, and abide by social distancing guidelines by keeping at least six feet away from others.

April 28, 2020

To help decrease the exposure opportunities of COVID-19, city buildings including the Cedar Falls Visitor Center/Cedar Falls Tourism & Visitors Bureau will remain CLOSED to the public until at least May 15, 2020. To find additional announcements by the City of Cedar Falls including a full list of city buildings closed to the public, visit

April 27

Governor Reynolds allowed some types of businesses to open on a limited basis in 77 Iowa counties. Business closures continue in the remaining 22 counties, including Black Hawk County,  until at least May 15 due to an upward trend in COVID-19 cases in those counties. Details can be found HERE and HERE.   

April 16, 2020

In accordance with the proclamation announced by Governor Reynolds, and effective until at least April 30, the City of Cedar Falls will be enforcing the following orders to help prevent the spread of COVID-19: 

All social, community, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings of ANY size with individuals other than members of the same household who reside together are prohibited (including driveway parties, playdates, and other social interactions with those who do not reside in immediate home). 

All people who leave their homes must practice social distancing of at least six feet from people other than members of the same household who reside together. The proclamation is applicable to all Region 6 residents including Black Hawk County. Visit

April 7, 2020

UNI's Center for Business Growth and Innovation offers a series of videos to assist your business in navigating COVID-19 related issues. Join them daily on their Facebook page or find live Zoom links at
Find archived videos at: 

April 7, 2020

To help decrease the exposure opportunities of COVID-19, city buildings including the Cedar Falls Visitor Center/Cedar Falls Tourism & Visitors Bureau will remain CLOSED to the public until at least April 30, 2020. To find additional announcements by the City of Cedar Falls including a full list of city buildings closed to the public, visit

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 at least 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 at least 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, there is a link or form to submit your restaurant’s information. In addition, KCRG-TV has a free, area business directory located HERE. Below the map is a link to register your business. 

March 26, 2020

Governor Reynolds announced an expansion of a prior emergency proclamation that existing closures will be extended one week, through at least 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 at least 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 Face Coverings to Slow the Spread of COVID-19. Complete Guide to Masks HERE(CDC 8/13/21)

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