CORONAVIRUS

Coronavirus in Iowa, live updates for May 14: Cedar Rapids' Transit Service to resume Monday; city extends closure of several facilties through May 31

To-go meals are prepared at Pita'z Mediterranean and American Cuisine in Hiawatha on Monday, May 4, 2020. Pita'z has bee
To-go meals are prepared at Pita’z Mediterranean and American Cuisine in Hiawatha on Monday, May 4, 2020. Pita’z has been donating meals to local hospitals and nursing home staff, and Joe Sample has stepped up to help deliver them. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

Cedar Rapids Transit Service resumes Monday

Buses will Monday through Friday from 5:15 a.m. to 7 p.m., with hourly service on all routes except for Route 5, which will run in 15-minute intervals. There will be no weekday peak service or Saturday service at this time.

Fares will not be collected and passengers will be required to enter and exit the bus through the back door, unless they have an ADA accessibility issue that requires the use of the front door. Passengers will be required to wear face coverings (masks, bandanas, neck gaiters, scarves) on the bus or in the Ground Transportation Center (GTC). Bus capacity will be limited to 10 passengers per bus at this time. Extra buses will be available for overflow if needed.

Passengers are asked to limit transit use for only essential trips, such as rides to work, the grocery store, or medical appointments. Passengers will not be allowed to wait inside the GTC, but will have access to the restrooms and the information booth.

Yellow chains have been installed on each bus to serve as a barrier to provide social distancing between the driver and passengers. Hand sanitizer is available on every bus for passenger use. Reminders will be posted regarding proper social distancing, hand hygiene and face coverings.

Buses and the GTC have been cleaned and sanitized, and high-touch surfaces will continue to be cleaned and sanitized daily. GTC restrooms will be cleaned several times a day.

Transit employees will undergo a daily pre-shift screening and temperature check. Employees have access to face coverings, face shields, gloves, hand sanitizer, and surface sanitizer.

The city will continue to partner with Horizons/NTS and with Linn County LIFTS to fill in any transportation service gaps. Adjustments will be made as necessary and as conditions change.

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Several Cedar Rapids city facilities closures extended to May 31

The City of Cedar Rapids has extended the closure of several city facilities through May 31.

They are:

City Hall, 101 First St. SE

City Services Center, 500 15th Ave. SW

Cedar Rapids Water Administration, 1111 Shaver Rd. NE

Central Fire Station, 713 First Ave. SE

Cedar Rapids Police Station, 505 First St. SW

Animal Care & Control, 7421 Washington View Parkway SW

Northwest Recreation Center, 1340 11th St. NW

City officials will continue to evaluate needs, and plan to implement a phased approach to reopening. Online and telephone options are in place for services until that happens, city officials said Thursday. Drop-boxes are available outside the City Services Center front lobby doors for those dropping off permits, payments or other paperwork usually dropped off in person. A drop-box is also available at the front of City Hall for paperwork usually delivered in person there.

Liberty North, Liberty High senior car parades on Sunday

Because of projected bad weather Saturday, both the Liberty North and Liberty High School car parades for seniors will be held Sunday.

Click here for times and logistics.

Taste of Achievement virtual auction starts Friday

The Cedar Valley, Cedar Rapids, and Iowa City Taste of Achievement events into one virtual auction for Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa.

The silent auction starts Friday at 4 p.m., and runs through May 21 at 7 p.m. A live auction will be May 21 from 6 to 7 p.m. For more information, click here.

HACAP mobile food pantry Friday at Veterans Memorial Stadium

HACAP is hosting a pop-up mobile food pantry Friday at 1 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Stadium parking lot in Cedar Rapids.

The pantry will make stops in Marengo, West Branch, Anamosa, North English, Williamsburg, Belle Plaine and Monticello later this month. For a schedule, click here.

Virtual Houby Fest starts Friday

Houby Days in Cedar Rapids’ Czech Village was canceled for 2020, but Virtual Houby Fest will commence Friday night with Mirrorbox Theatre presenting a reading of “Alligator” by Hilary Bettis. Click here to register.

For details on where each event can be found, go to the Virtual Houby Fest Facebook page.

On Saturday:

10 a.m.: National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library Museum President/CEO Cecilia Rokusek reads from children’s book “My Czech Word Book ABC’S,” in the Czech language.

2:30 p.m.: Miss Czech-Slovak Iowa, Breckyn Pokorny, will be modeling her authentic Czech kroj.

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CHF board member Bonnie Rohlena will present a Czech Recipe featuring mushrooms and will explain the Czech tradition of mushroom hunting.

3 p.m.: National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library Virtual Cooking Class special announcement and social media drawing for prize in museum store.

Special Announcement and Social Media Drawing for Prize in Museum Store

4 p.m.: Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio Take & Create Mushroom Project: Pick up kits at Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio Saturday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

5 p.m.: Nest Design & Decor: Showcasing Spring Design Trends.

Virtual Cooking Class with Cafe Saint Pio featuring savory waffles with chicken and mushrooms

Cedar Rapids offers Business Reopening Toolkit

A comprehensive business reopening guide is now available for businesses to use as they begin to restart operations. The Business Reopening Toolkit document is available on the City of Cedar Rapids COVID-19 website at cedar-rapids.org and The Gazette’s business resource page.

The pages also include a supplemental FAQ for businesses to help provide convenient answers to the most commonly asked questions.

Business owners and managers are encouraged to email EDServices@cedar-rapids.org with any questions, concerns or ideas.

SPT Theatre event online Friday night

SPT Theatre will hold Tales from the Writers Room: At Home Edition Friday at 8 p.m.

Details are at SPT’s Facebook page.

This will be a 30-minute video event described as SNL on the local level, and with specific content created for the event and music.

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