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UPDATE: Cedar Falls City Council passes mask mandate, but with a change

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Pictures and video shared with KWWL showed University of Northern Iowa students crowding streets on College Hill over the August 21-23 weekend.

UPDATE (9/8/20):

The Cedar Falls City Council approved a mask mandate in a 4 to 3 vote Tuesday night.

However, the mandate was approved to apply to anyone 5-years-old and older, not 2-years-old and older.

The mandate states:

Every person in the City of Cedar Falls, Iowa must wear a face covering when:

  • In public, as opposed to one's place of residence, when one cannot stay six feet apart from others.
  • Inside any indoor public settings, including but not limited to grocery stores, pharmacies, hardware stores, retail stores, other public settings that are not one's residence and when among people who do not live in the same household, and city buildings.
  • Outside if maintaining a distance of six feet apart is not possible.
  • Using public transportation or private car services.

There are people exempt, including anyone who has trouble breathing, or is on oxygen therapy or a ventilator. Also, anyone engaged in a public safety role. Watch the full council meeting with all of the mandate details here:

The resolution goes into effect immediately. It's in effect for six weeks.



On Wednesday, the City Council held a work session over Zoom to talk about COVID-19 mitigation efforts. Votes were not taken.

Council members Darrah, Miller, Harding and Dunn requested the meeting.

Mayor Green posted an update on his Facebook page after the session.

You can watch Wednesday's full virtual meeting here.

Earlier this week, the University of Northern Iowa said they could suspend students who don't follow public health guidelines. You can read KWWL coverage here.

Abby Turpin

Evening Anchor

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