The City of Des Moines is taking a big financial hit due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"The city has been hit for about $25 million dollars or thereabouts adversely because of the impacts of this pandemic," Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie told WHO Radio News.
Cownie says the city has been affected in a number of ways, with businesses closing and people losing their jobs.
"We're worried about employment for our citizens and what that looks like," Cownie said. "A lot of the small businesses are more impacted because they're sometimes retail and customer contact-oriented."
The Mayor reminded Iowans to stay vigilant against COVID-19 even as vaccines are being administered.
"We can't let our guard down," Cownie said. "Please maintain your social distances, and if you're out and about in public spaces and in a little tighter spaces, wear a mask."