Proclamation of Emergency

Proclamation of Emergency
Posted on 03/16/2020
PROCLAMATION OF EMERGENCY 
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) State of Emergency 
WHEREAS, Iowa Code Section 372.14(2) and the Norwalk City Code Chapter 15.02(2) grant the Mayor powers in emergency circumstances when public danger exists to take extraordinary steps to protect the public health and safety; and 
WHEREAS, the Mayor has authority to take command of the police and govern the City by proclamation, upon making a determination that a time of emergency or public danger exists. Within the City limits, the Mayor has all the powers conferred upon the Sheriff to suppress disorders; and 
WHEREAS, the Mayor of the City of Norwalk does hereby find; That conditions of extreme peril to the safety of citizens and businesses has arisen within Norwalk, caused by COVID-19 (also known as Coronavirus); which follows Governor Reynolds Declaration of Emergency March 15, 2020; and 
WHEREAS, across the globe, the disease has been dramatically spread through contact by those with no known correlation to any affected areas or without contact with those known to be infected, called 
"community spread" and the Iowa Department of Public Health ("IDPH") has now identified community spread in the Des Moines Metro area and has issued new recommendations for individuals with underlying conditions, and all Iowans should be prepared for cancellations and disruptions in routine activities; and 
WHEREAS, a high rate of infection has been shown to overwhelm medical systems throughout the world and numerous governmental entities and epidemiologists have stated that community spread in the United States poses the same risk of overwhelming American medical systems; and 
WHEREAS, the IDPH has recommended the immediate implementation of several mitigation measures to have the most significant impact on slowing the spread of the virus, including avoiding large gatherings of more than 250 people, and considering adjustments for smaller gatherings with high risk groups. 
NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY PROCLAIMED that a local emergency now exists throughout Norwalk, and; 
IT IS FURTHER PROCLAIMED AND ORDERED that during the existence of said local emergency the powers, functions, and duties of the emergency organization of this City shall be those prescribed by state law, by ordinances, and resolutions of this City, and; That this emergency proclamation shall expire in 30 days after issuance unless confirmed and ratified by the governing body of the City of Norwalk. 
I hereby direct all departments of the City of Norwalk to take whatever steps necessary to protect life and property, public infrastructure, and provide such emergency assistance deemed necessary. City operations shall continue although public access at City buildings will be restricted. Citizens and those wishing to conduct business with the City should do so via phone and or other electronic communication. City programs will be cancelled until further notice. Citizens are encouraged to practice social distancing to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease. 
I further strongly suggest-consistent with the recommendations of the IDPH-that private gatherings of 250 or more people on private property should be avoided and appropriate adjustment for smaller gatherings with high risk groups should be made 
PROCLAIMED THIS 16TH DAY OF MARCH, 2020 BY THE AUTHORITY VESTED IN ME BY THE CODE OF IOWA AND THE CITY OF NORWALK MUNICIPAL CODE:

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