Face Coverings Required in City Buildings Beginning July 27
Face coverings will be required in City buildings beginning on Monday, July 27. This includes City Hall, the Ames Public Library, and Ames City Auditorium. Ames Parks and Recreation staff will have some discretion for program participants based on recommendations from health professionals. Those taking fitness classes and using facilities, such as the Ames/ISU Ice Arena and Ames Municipal Pool, will be required to follow the posted signage. Those with health conditions and young children will not be required to wear face coverings.
The face coverings requirement for City buildings was approved by the Ames City Council on July 21. This policy aligns with those already in place throughout the Iowa State University campus. The City of Ames is partnering with ISU to promote face coverings as one of the four pillars of healthy behaviors included in the “Cyclones Care” public health campaign. Face coverings are also required on CyRide, the Ames public transit system.
In addition to wearing face coverings, visitors to City buildings are asked to limit their time in the building, look for directional signage, and maintain six-foot distancing from other people. Public meeting rooms are not available for reservation.
The City of Ames is committed to continuing to provide essential City services (including utilities, public works, public safety) to its residents. In order to do so, City staff exposure to COVID-19 in City workplaces is being minimized. Additionally, maintaining a safe environment for citizens remains a priority. Information and resources regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, including links to public health authorities, are available at www.cityofames.org/COVID19