Iowa Court Proceedings Largely on Hold Because of COVID-19, Pella "Tulip Time" Cancelled

Mar 19, 2020

COVID-19 Heat map, courtesy Johns Hopkins University

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Most court proceedings in Iowa are on hold to prevent the spread of the coronavirus — but county clerk of court offices remain open to deal with legal emergencies.

State Court Administrator Todd Nuccio says they are keeping a narrow scope, focusing on emergency matters. He says the court system continues to accept all kinds of filings, but new in-person trials won’t be scheduled until early May.

Governor Kim Reynolds is asking Iowa families who’re returning to the state after spring break elsewhere to check the guidelines set up to try to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Most every college or university in the state has shifted to online classes for the rest of the academic year. College students returning from break may face a new deadline for retrieving their items from university-owned housing if they have not yet done so. 

The confirmation of a second case of community spread of the novel coronavirus in Douglas County — a 46-year-old man whose illness had no known source — yesterday triggered a six- to eight-week closure of schools in the county, the shutdown of bars and restaurants shift to carry out only. 

Also, Douglas County Health Department issued a public health order prohibiting all public gatherings of more than 10 people through April 30.

The chamber of commerce in one northwest Iowa city is launching a rebate program in hopes of spurring consumer activity in Orange City and Alton.

The Orange City Chamber will be offering a $10 coupon for future purchases in restaurants and small businesses in Orange City and Alton for every $100 someone spends now on take-out food or other items.

Pella’s three-day “Tulip Time” festival in early May has been canceled.

The annual festival, which started in 1935, has only been canceled once before, back in 1946.