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Mayor Schickel Disaster Emergency Proclamation

March 17, 2020

MASON CITY, Iowa - Mayor Bill Schickel declared a state of emergency in Mason City in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

At this time there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Cerro Gordo County but the proclamation follows the Iowa Department of Public Health’s (IDPH) notification of community spread of the virus in Iowa and recommendation of the immediate implementation of mitigation measures to slow the spread of the virus.

Through this proclamation, Mayor Schickel is prohibiting gatherings of 10 or more people on public property or public right-of-way effective at midnight tonight and strongly suggests private gatherings of 10 or more people on private property should be avoided. The proclamation follows a statement last week encouraging social distancing.


The City Hall building will be closed to public access, suspending face-to-face and in-person payment transactions for the protection of residents and city staff. Specifically, City Hall will close at the end of the business day, Tuesday, March 17 and will remain closed until further notice.


For information and questions related to City services and programs, please contact the appropriate City department or submit a request through the City’s Citizen Request Center at www.masoncity.net.

For information about Coronavirus (COVID-19), visit https://cghealth.com, https:///mercyone.org/northiowa or https://masoncity.net.

The Call Center is operating from 8 am-4:30 pm, Monday-Friday for individuals with questions about COVID-19. The phone numbers are (641) 494-3546 or (641) 494-3547. Citizens can also call 2-1-1 for statewide information.

The City of Mason City will continue to monitor the situation and make decisions that support public health and reduce spread of COVID-19. The public will be updated as needed.