Updated Proclamation of Emergency

Updated Proclamation of Emergency
Posted on 12/10/2020

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

continue until such time the Mayor either modifies the existing Proclamation of Emergency or declares an end to said emergency situation.


I hereby direct all departments of the City of Norwalk to serve our community in a way that protects life and property, public infrastructure, and provides such emergency assistance deemed necessary.


Based on increases in community spread of the virus and an ongoing infection rate of over 15% (the

14-day average positivity rate is 16% Statewide and 15.3% for Warren County as of 12/8/2020 according to the IDPH}, all City buildings are closing to the public, effective at 9:00am on Tuesday, November 10, 2020.


All Norwalk Parks and Recreation in-person programs shall be put on hold until 8:00am Friday, January 15, 2021. At that time, if infection rates drop to a more reasonable level, programs shall resume and the Parks and Recreation department will determine appropriate availability and access to all Parks and Rec programs. Parks and Rec virtual programming will continue normally.


City Parks will remain open and we continue to encourage our citizens to practice safe physical distancing while in our City parks and trails to slow the spread of the COVID-19 disease.


I strongly encourage all vulnerable residents of Norwalk, including those with preexisting medical conditions and those older than 65, to limit their activities outside of their home, minimize visits to businesses and limit their participation in gatherings of any size or purpose.


Finally, I recommend the usage of masks when you are likely to be in contact with others for more than 15 cumulative minutes, especially if you are going to be with our more vulnerable population. Data shows the usage of masks not only protects others from contracting the virus from you, it also helps you from contracting the virus from others. Please help slow the spread of COVID-19, so our healthcare system can effectively manage the treatment of those who get sick from this virus.


PROCLAIMED THIS 12TH DAY OF DECEMBER, 2020 BY THE AUTHORITY VESTED IN ME BY THE CODE OF IOWA AND THE CITY OF NORWALK MUNICIPAL CODE:

Tom Phillips

Mayor, City of Norwalk