UNI statement on new Iowa public health proclamation

UNI NEWS SERVICES - The University of Northern Iowa welcomes today’s decision to close bars across six counties, including Black Hawk, beginning this evening, and restricting the sale of alcohol at restaurants after 10 p.m.; this action remains in effect until Sept. 20. While it's unfortunate these temporary steps were needed, and although we recognize the value these businesses bring to our community, it's clear that public safety guidelines were not being uniformly enforced and those environments have been identified through contact tracing as a significant source of COVID-19 transmission. 

UNI President Mark A. Nook reminded students earlier this week that they may face disciplinary proceedings if they disregard public safety guidelines, including off campus. 

“Today’s action by the governor will help our community protect against the spread of COVID-19. It supports the effort already underway by the university and many establishments across the Cedar Valley to protect the health and safety of our community,” Nook said Thursday. “But this pandemic is far from over; we must all act together by wearing masks, maintaining six feet of social distance and frequently washing our hands. These are the steps we must take to save lives and have the quickest possible return to the quality of life we enjoyed before the global pandemic.”   



Steve Schmadeke, UNI public relations manager, 319-273-6120, steve.schmadeke@uni.edu