Des Moines city buildings to stay closed through March 1st

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The City of Des Moines is keeping its administration buildings closed to the public until March 1st.

City Manager Scott Sanders says the extension stays with guidelines established in Mayor Frank Cownie’s COVID-19 emergency proclamation that closed those buildings nearly 10 months ago.

“Our local health experts tell us that the coming weeks and months could be the most challenging of the entire pandemic and that’s why we want to extend our closure by at least another month” says Cownie.

“We will closely monitor our local infection rates over the next month and then determine if there’s an opportunity to schedule limited meetings in our buildings in early spring” he says

The city buildings were scheduled to re-open February 1st.

The extended closure includes a number of buildings including City Hall, Public Works, and offices for the Civil and Human Rights Department.

The city says anyone with questions about permits, licenses, or fines should contact the Des Moines City Clerk’s office.

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