Iowa City Mayor Joins Others in Big Ten Asking for More COVID Precautions

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Iowa City Mayor Teague is joining other mayors in Big Ten Conference cities to sign an open letter about safety concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The letter asks the conference to work with local health departments to determine when COVID-19 rates make football games too dangerous to hold.

It also asks the conference to announce the full season schedule, along with game times. Thus far, the conference has only released game times for the first two weeks of the season.

In addition, the letter seeks to have the Big Ten not schedule games at night or in the evening when there's a possibility of increased social gatherings and alcohol consumption.

All but five Big Ten Conference city mayors signed the letter. including Lincoln, Nebraska Mayor Leirion Baird (University of Nebraska).

Here's the full list of mayors that did sign the letter:

  • Mayor Aaron Stephens; East Lansing, Mich.
  • Mayor Andy Schor; Lansing, Mich.
  • Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway; Madison, Wis.
  • Mayor Patrick L. Wojahn; College Park, Md.
  • Mayor Ronald Filippelli; State College, Pa.
  • Mayor Christopher Taylor; Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Mayor Steve Hagerty; Evanston, Ill.
  • Mayor John Dennis; West Lafayette, Ind.
  • Mayor Jacob Frey; Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Mayor John Hamilton; Bloomington, Ind.
  • Mayor Bruce Teague; Iowa City, Iowa
  • Mayor Andrew Ginther; Columbus, Ohio

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