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Coronavirus in Iowa, live updates for May 13:

Iowa City delays water-rate increase until Oct. 1

Cerimonial cords worn for voluntarism and academic achievement, among other things, are arranged on a table during cap a
Cerimonial cords worn for voluntarism and academic achievement, among other things, are arranged on a table during cap and gown distribution at Linn-Mar Stadium on Tuesday. The school will have a series of smaller Class of 2020 commencement ceremonies featuring five graduating seniors at a time having their names read and walking the stage to receive their diplomas. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

12:10 p.m.: Iowa City will delay water-rate increase

IOWA CITY — On Monday, Iowa City Mayor Bruce Teague signed a new order that will delay a previously approved water rate increase and modify sidewalk cafe fees and regulations for businesses.

Both moves are aimed at helping residents and businesses navigate the uncertainty of the COVID-19 crisis in Iowa.

The three orders include:

* Suspending a previously approved 5-percent water rate increase from July 1 until at least Oct. 1.

* Temporarily suspending sidewalk cafe fees, with the exception of recording fees, for the 2020 season. All fees previously paid, except for recording fees, will be returned.

* Suspending some limitations on the use of public sidewalks for 2020, and allowing city staff to expand use of outdoor seating areas to promote social distancing.

Though the sidewalk cafe orders are set to expand the ability of businesses to safely serve residents after restrictions are lifted, the mayor reminds people that the COVID-19 pandemic remains serious, and precautions should be followed.

Teague will give an address discussing this order, and COVID-19 precautions, at 7 p.m. today.

8:20 a.m.: Iowa City delays radon testing requirement until July 2021

IOWA CITY — The city’s plan to verify radon testing at all single-family detached and duplex rental units has been moved back to July 1, 2021, due to COVID-19.

In January, the City of Iowa City announced a new policy requiring all single-family detached and duplex rental properties to be tested for hazardous radon levels as a step towards improved public health. The ordinance, set to go into effect on July 1, 2020, has been extended and will begin July 1, 2021.

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Property owners are encouraged to use this extension to schedule radon inspections and take the steps needed for mitigation while units may be vacant. Radon testing completed throughout this year will be accepted to document compliance with the new radon requirements that will go into effect on July 1, 2021.

2:05 p.m.: Motorcycle Museum won’t open until at least May 27

ANAMOSA — The National Motorcyle Museum, which earlier has announced it would open Friday, said Wednesday that Gov. Reynolds will not allow it to open until at least May 27.

“STAY TUNED — We will open as soon as we are allowed,” the museum said in an email.

Comments: (319) 368-8857; jeff.linder@thegazette.com

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