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Iowa City face mask mandate extended to Nov. 13, new fines added for violations


IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) - Iowa City Mayor Bruce Teague has extended the citywide face mask mandate he announced on July 21.

The original order requiring face masks to be worn in all public spaces was set to expire on Tuesday but has now been extended to Friday, Nov. 13.

These spaces include, but are not limited to:

  • Grocery stores
  • Pharmacies
  • Hardware stores
  • Retail stores
  • Outside if keeping six feet away from others is not possible
  • Public transportation or private car service (including taxis, ride share, or car pooling)

As well as not providing service to customers without face masks, businesses must post signs at the entrance of their business to instruct customers of the legal obligation to wear face covering.

Masks will also be mandated outside as when social distance is not possible with others. 

The city also announced that anyone who violates this order can be subject to a simple misdemeanor and fine.

  • The fine for the first offense being the minimum fine for a simple misdemeanor ($105).
  • The fine for a second or subsequent offense being the maximum fine for a simple misdemeanor ($855). 
  • Citation shall be a last resort to obtain compliance.  

If you want to file a complaint about a restaurant, bar or event with alcohol not adhering to the order, you can fill out an online form from the State of Iowa's Alcoholic Beverages Division.

Exceptions to the mask mandate include:

  • Anyone two-years-old or younger
  • Anyone with trouble breathing, on oxygen or ventilator
  • Anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated, or others unable to remove a face covering without assistance
  • Anyone who has been told by a medical, legal, or behavioral  health professional not to wear a face covering
  • Anyone actively engaged on a public safety role, including but not limited to law enforcement, firefighters, or emergency response personnel 

A mask mandate for Johnson County was passed on Aug. 6.

You can read the full order here:

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