City of Dyersville Declares Proclamation in Response to COVID-19; Dubuque Co. Sheriff’s Office Changing Protocol

The City of Dyersville has declared a proclamation of emergency and public danger in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Mayor Jim Heavens is directing that all gatherings of ten or more people on public property or public right-of-way are prohibited and he suggests all private gatherings of ten or more people on private property should be avoided. All City of Dyersville recreational programs are also cancelled through at least April 12th and all city-owned buildings are closed to public access during that time as well. Mayor Heavens has also issued a moratorium on the issuance of special event permits through at least May 1st.

The City of Monticello has also announced they will be closing Monticello City Hall, the Monticello Public Library and public spaces located within the Renaissance Center and Community Building through April 12th. All library activities, park and recreation activities and Berndes Center rentals will be cancelled with full refunds issued.

The Edgewood City Office is also closed.

And while Manchester city offices remain open, the Manchester Police Department has announced that in an effort to protect their employees from illness, the public should call them at 927-3355 if they need assistance instead of coming to the police department lobby. Emergencies should still dial 911.

The Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office is making some changes to protocol in response to try to contain COVID-19. Dubuque County Sheriff’s deputies responding to calls for service are being advised to practice social distancing by conducting as much business as possible outdoors. They will enter a residence or business to collect evidence or in emergency situations to protect a citizen or perform lifesaving measures. The Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office is also asking citizens to avoid personal business in their lobby. And to protect their inmate population, the Dubuque County Jail has suspended all outside programming – only open for new intakes at this time.

Meanwhile, the Delaware County Board of Supervisors is expected to discuss courthouse procedures during a special board meeting later Wednesday afternoon. We’ll keep you updated on KMCH.