Catch Des Moines statement on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Resources
Updated: 3/19/2020 at 4:00 p.m. CST
Catch Des Moines shares the global concerns over the Coronavirus impact experienced by many in the travel and tourism industry, and we hope efforts to prevent the spread of the virus gain traction soon.
Our focus is – and always will be – on the well-being of visitors and residents of Greater Des Moines. With the situation ever evolving, we encourage the traveling public to follow guidance offered by the CDC and local and state public health authorities.
On March 17, 2020, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds issued a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency and implemented temporary measures, including prohibiting gatherings of 10 or more people, moving restaurants to drive-through, carry-out, or delivery only, and closures of certain entities such as bars and recreational facilities. As of March 22, 2020, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds issued an executive order closing salons, barbershops, medical spas, tattoo parlors tanning salons and swimming pools.
We will remain in close contact with groups visiting Greater Des Moines in the coming weeks and months and will keep you informed of changes to travel recommendations. If we may be of any assistance to you regarding your travel or events in Greater Des Moines, please reach out to us.
Information and resources:
- Polk County Health Department: 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Iowa Department of Public Health: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Center for Disease Control: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary and Travel Notices
- World Health Organization: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak
- U.S. Travel Association: Emergency Preparedness and Response: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Destinations International: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Travel Industry Resource Page
Catch Des Moines President & CEO Greg Edwards shares a Public Service Announcement
How Catch Des Moines is supporting our community and how you can help:
- We’re committed to keeping our partners informed of how we’re supporting them through this challenging time.
- Learn how you can Stay Safe While Supporting Small Business.
- Keep up with “Des Good News,” a weekly roundup of positive stories of central Iowans helping others.