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Coronavirus in Iowa, live updates for May 5:

Hy-Vee limiting meat purchases to four packages at checkout

Balloons are seen for parade participants to take and use to decorate their cars in Iowa City on Sunday. (Andy Abeyta/Th
Balloons are seen for parade participants to take and use to decorate their cars in Iowa City on Sunday. (Andy Abeyta/The Gazette)

1:15 p.m.: Hy-Vee limiting meat purchases, starting Wednesday

Starting Wednesday, Hy-Vee will limit its meat purchases at all locations.

In a statement Tuesday, Hy-Vee, Inc., said:

“We continue to work with industry leaders so we are prepared for any possible fluctuations in product and can best serve our customers. We have product available at our stores but due to worker shortages at plants as well as an increase in meat sales, customers may not find the specific items they are looking for.

“Because of this, we are going to put a limit on customer purchases in the meat department. Each customer will be limited to four packages of a combination of fresh beef, ground beef, pork and chicken when they checkout at all Hy-Vee locations.”

3:30 p.m.: Bike to Work Week postponed until September

CEDAR RAPIDS — To encourage safe and responsible social distancing practices during the COVID-19 pandemic, Bike to Work Week activities, traditionally held in May, will be postponed and are tentatively scheduled for Sept. 21-27.

This will include events such as the Mayor’s bike ride and proclamation, pit stops, group rides, and wrap-up party.

The City continues to carefully assess the timing and details of the 2020 launch of the Bike Share program’s electric-assist bikes and scooters, pendng public health measures related to COVID-19. Additional details will be released as a timeline is determined.

11:55 a.m.: Roundup canceled in Cedar Rapids for 2020

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Roundup/Cedar Rapids Tastiest Music Festival, originally scheduled for June 25-27 at the McGrath Amphitheatre, has been postponed until June 24-26, 2021.

Ticket holders are in the process of being notified and should hold onto their original tickets as they will be valid for the new dates.

VenuWorks, the management company that oversees operations and booking for the McGrath Amphitheatre, announced a revamped format for the popular summer festival last month, previously known as the BBQ Roundup. Previously announced headliners for The Roundup including Pure Prairie League, Orleans, Men without Hats and Flock of Seagulls are expected to play the rescheduled dates next summer. Local favorites Surf Zombies have also been confirmed for the new dates.

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“The health and safety of our guests and employees is always the number one priority,” said Michael Silva, executive director of VenuWorks. “It is not easy to reschedule such a large event that has such a big impact on the local economy. Local businesses depend on our events to draw traffic downtown. With the on-going COVID-19 health crisis, postponing this popular summer event until large crowds can gather safely again is the right thing to do.”

Guests should contact the U.S. Cellular Center ticket office with questions. Guests are encouraged to check the McGrath Amphitheatre Facebook page and CREventsLive.com for current updates on events.

11:15 a.m.: Miller, 10 other AGs urge federal investigation of meatpacking prices

DES MOINES — Attorney General Tom Miller and a bipartisan group of attorneys general from 10 other states urge the Department of Justice to pursue a federal investigation into suspected national price-fixing by meat packers in the cattle industry.

In a letter to U.S. Attorney General William Barr, the attorneys general expressed concern over the likelihood of manipulation of the market for processed beef. The four largest meatpacking companies control more than 80 percent of the beef processing in the United States.

The shelf price of beef is exceptionally high, while cattle prices are low and continue to dive. The concern over market manipulation has increased with beef prices reaching record levels as consumers stockpile meat in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but cattle prices remain low and are decreasing.

“We are specifically asking the Department of Justice to lead a thorough examination of the competitive dynamics of this industry,” the letter says. “Now, more than ever, we need to dedicate our collective resources to promote competition and protect consumers.”

In addition to Iowa, the states signing the letter were Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.

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

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