City of Des Moines extends building closures through Oct. 1

    The Des Moines skyline viewed from near the Capitol. (Photo by Perry Beeman, Iowa Capital Dispatch).

    The city of Des Moines has extended closures at its administration buildings until at least Oct. 1 due to a surge in coronavirus cases in Polk County.

    The buildings have been been closed since March 17. 

    “With more than 9,000 positive cases in Polk County, we need to see significant improvement in the data before we start moving toward the next stage of our reopening plan,” Mayor Frank Cownie said in a statement. “This pandemic and the risks it brings will not simply dissipate with time. It doesn’t care if we want to return to our normal lives. We must be more diligent and disciplined than ever to combat it.”

    Among the buildings closed are City Hall, the Argonne Armory, the Richard A. Clark Municipal Service Center, public works buildings, the Des Moines Wastewater Reclamation Authority and offices of the Civil & Human Rights Department. 

    In addition, the deadline for pet licenses has been extended to Aug. 31. Payments for licenses may be made by mail, at a drop box at City Hall, by email or over the telephone. Call (515) 283-4209 with questions.

    Perry Beeman
    Senior reporter Perry Beeman has nearly 40 years of experience in Iowa journalism and has won national awards for environmental and business writing. He has written for The Des Moines Register and the Business Record, where he also served as managing editor. He also is former editorial director of Grinnell College. He co-authored the recently published book, "The $80 Billion Gamble," which details the lottery-rigging case of Eddie Tipton.