Iowa City revises local mask mandate

Iowa City Mayor Bruce Teague has lifted the local mask mandate according to a release but stresses that those who are not vaccinated from COVID-19 should continue to wear masks in public and adhere to social distancing recommendations.

Lifting of the local mandate comes after the latest CDC guidance announcing that those vaccinated do not need to wear masks when out in public.

Currently, people are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 two weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) or two weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson/Janssen).

Those who feel they should continue wearing masks are urged to keep doing so.

Residents should respect the policies of businesses, hospitals and medical facilities, and events that may require mask-wearing. The individual choices of residents to wear masks should also be respected, as many Iowa City residents wore masks in public before the City’s mask mandate. Learn More.

Coralville Mayor John A. Lundell announced yesterday that he is ending the proclamation requiring that persons wear face coverings over the nose and mouth when in a public place and one cannot stay six feet away from others.

The proclamation had been in effect since November 13, 2020.

In ending the proclamation requiring face coverings, Mayor Lundell referenced the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announcement last week that fully vaccinated persons can resume activities that they did prior to the pandemic without wearing a mask or socially distancing, except where required by other rules and regulations. Learn More.