Due to the number of positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations across the country and locally, Linn County has closed most buildings to the public to help reduce community spread of the virus and to help ensure continuity of County services.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed guidance for fall and winter holiday celebrations. Linn County Public Health recommends anyone planning for upcoming holiday celebrations review guidance published by CDC and other trusted sources.
For Halloween specific guidance, visit:
Restaurants and bars are, by order of the governor, required to adhere to social distancing protocols to remain open. Restaurants, bars, and other establishments are not required to enforce mask usage for customers or staff, though it is strongly encouraged. Please do not report an establishment for not requiring mask use.
To report a COVID-19 violation in a food business, visit the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals website.
Linn County Public Health does not recommend holding or visiting garage sales at this time. Local epidemiological data on COVID-19 does not support mass gatherings of 10 or more people in our area, which would make conducting a garage sale difficult.
Please check with your local jurisdiction prior to holding a garage sale, as some cities within Linn County have prohibited them. If you choose to hold a garage sale, the following considerations should be applied: