CORONAVIRUS

Coronavirus in Iowa, live updates for May 21: Marion Pool won't open in 2020

Senior Jojo Miller, 18, poses for a photo with a 'congratulations graduate' sign at Cedar Rapids Prairie High School on
Senior Jojo Miller, 18, poses for a photo with a ‘congratulations graduate’ sign at Cedar Rapids Prairie High School on Friday, May 8, 2020. (Andy Abeyta/The Gazette)

Marion Pool won’t open in 2929

The City of Marion has made the decision to keep the Marion Pool closed for the 2020 season.

“This was not an easy decision as we pride ourselves on providing excellent recreational opportunities to residents. But with the health and well-being of our patrons and staff at the forefront, we believe this is the most responsible course of action,” said Marion Parks and Recreation Director Mike Carolan.

For the last several weeks, Parks and Recreation staff have studied public health guidance, explored multiple scenarios, and sought the advice of state and national associations to come to this decision.

“The unfortunate reality is that the potential for exposure to COVID-19 still exists, and many of the protocols put into place as the community starts to reopen are difficult to achieve in a public pool setting,” said Carolan. “With the information that is currently available, the safety risks outweigh the rewards. We are not confident that we could provide staff with adequate training and protection, enforce the existing social distancing requirements, and achieve heightened sanitization protocols without having to severely limit capacity.”

Additionally, with other neighboring pools such as Cedar Rapids’ already announcing their closure, limited capacity issues would be even more problematic.

A decision on the opening of the City’s splash pads is expected in the coming weeks.

Blood drive in Cedar Rapids next Wednesday

The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive next Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids Marriott, 1200 Collins Road NE.

Schedule your appointment here or call 1-800-RED-CROSS

ImOn expands free community Wi-Fi in Cedar Rapids

ImOn Communications announces today they have again expanded their free community Wi-Fi offerings to include the area around the parking lot on the east side of Jane Boyd Community House and Hidder Park on 14th Avenue SE in Cedar Rapids.

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ImOn’s free community Wi-Fi is also available at NewBo City Market, McGrath Amphitheatre, the Ladd Library on Williams Blvd. SW and the downtown area of Cedar Rapids, as well as at Guthridge, Tucker and Clark Parks in Hiawatha and the Ped Mall in Iowa City.

Utilities can again disconnect service for non-paying customers

Municipal-owned utilities can disconnect service for non-paying customers again starting on May 28, the Iowa Utility Board announced Wednesday evening.

Investor-owned utilities can resume disconnections starting on July 1. Exceptions remain for anyone who is in quarantine after testing positive for coronavirus or has a “health condition that requires the use of electric or natural gas service.”

Livestream concert Friday

Vocalist Abby Bunker, 13, and keyboard player Evan Wazac, 15, will perform together Friday at 6 p.m. on Evan’s front porch.

Click on the Music and Arts Studios page to see the Facebook LIVE event!

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