Des Moines City Council to Resume In-Person Meetings


(Des Moines, Iowa) -- The Des Moines City Council is resuming in-person meetings after 15 months of meeting over Zoom.

The city council will hold its first in-person meeting on June 14th, after not having met in-person since March 9th of last year. There will be new security precautions in place, including a new start time, changes in capacity, and security checks for people in attendance.

The full list of changes includes:

  • Council meetings will start at 5 p.m. rather than 4:30 p.m.
  • City Hall will close at 4 p.m. to allow for a security sweep of the building
  • Building will reopen at 4:30 p.m. – public may enter in the center doors on the east side of City Hall or through doors on the west side (an accessible entrance)
  • Those attending Council meetings will pass through a security check and metal detector before proceeding to second floor
  • As a precautionary health measure, occupancy in Council chambers will be safely limited to 25 members of the public at any one time
  • The Great Hall on the second floor will serve as an overflow/staging area for those addressing Council
  • TV and computer monitors will provide a broadcast of the meeting for the overflow crowd
  • Face coverings are not required for those vaccinated, unvaccinated visitors are strongly encouraged to wear them