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Council Bluffs closes government offices to public

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Posted at 11:50 AM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 12:50:25-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — In order to adhere to the guidance of the Iowa Department of Public Health, the City of Council Bluffs announced that it would be restricting public access to city building starting at 11 am on Wednesday.

"One of our top priorities is as your city government, is public safety," said Council Bluffs Mayor Matt Walsh. "We're doing everything we can to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 virus, and that includes restricting public access to city buildings. As we monitor the rapidly evolving situation, we will continue to adapt and make changes as needed to continuously protect the people of Council Bluffs."

The restriction included Council Bluffs' city hall, public works building, police headquarters and fire headquarters. Though the buildings had been closed, the city assured citizens that services would still be available over the phone, by email, on the city's website or by special appointment.

Along with the closure of the buildings, deadlines for permits, licenses and fines were suspended indefinitely.