Recovery Resources for Businesses

Ideas to Support Employees with Childcare and Online School Needs

Flexible and family-forward policies are essential to retaining and recruiting valuable employees but are often difficult to design and implement. Thankfully, Johnson County employers are coming up with creative ways to help their employees meet the unique challenges of the pandemic.

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Face Coverings Signage for your Business

Iowa City Mayor Bruce Teague issued an order on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, that states a face covering that covers the nose and mouth must be worn in all public spaces.


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COVID-19 Recovery FAQ

Have questions about legal issues regarding reopening, testing and screening, or employee and customer safety? We’ve got answers to common questions on our COVID-19 Recovery FAQ page.



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Communicating with your Team About Returning to Work

Communication during this time is incredibly important. Remain available to and transparent with your employees. Have conversations with employees about their concerns. Your team’s health is of the utmost importance, so get your employees in on your COVID-19 planning strategy for reopening. We’ve put together a list of a few ways you can work as a team to reopen your business safely.

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Healthcare Workers and Mental Health During COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare workers have been on the frontlines, sacrificing their energy–and safety– to help those affected by the virus. Although healthcare workers are trained in disaster response, the toll on mental health is significant. Because we are a community known for our world class healthcare systems, most of us have someone in our lives that is a healthcare worker. We’d like to take a moment to discuss ways for our community to take care of our health care providers. 

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Open for Business & Masks Required Signage

Here are helpful signs for your business to print and post at each entrance.

Masks Required Signage (General) – By Order of the Mayor

Masks Required Signage (Downtown Iowa City) – By Order of the Mayor 

Masks Required Signage – General

Safety Precautions/Welcome Signage

IEDA Shop Iowa

The Iowa Economic Development Authority has a new e-commerce platform, Shop Iowa, that gives retailers, particularly those that didn’t previously have an online presence, a place to showcase their products and businesses.

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Mental Health is Workforce Health

Mental Health is Workforce Health. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the combination of increased anxiety coupled with the increased expectations of their employment has created the perfect storm for an over 59% increase in anxiety levels among Americans. Mental and behavioral health is just as important to maintain, if not more, than one’s own physical health. Together, we can provide the necessary resources and support to our employees to ensure their health is protected in this unprecedented time. 

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Suggestions for Safely Reopening Your Business

Reopening our economy will be a community wide effort to ensure that both employees and customers remain safe. Any phased reopening must be in accordance with sound public health decisions, and with proper safety protocols outlined by local and state health departments. Although each industry will require unique and robust guidelines to safeguard against future breakouts, we wanted to lay out some general best practices to help you begin planning to reopen.

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UIHC Resources for Businesses

As our community returns to work and businesses reopen, the UIHC has developed printable signs on health related issues and keeping employees and/or customers safe. Print these signs and post them on your front windows/entrance.


Social Distancing PDF


Hand Hygiene PDF


Protect Yourself & Others PDF

Mask of Wellness

‘Mask of Wellness’ is a positive approach to opening society in a manner that promotes social, physical, and economic wellness” The ‘Mask of Wellness’ self-certification is provided to any COVID-Conscious business.



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Cleaning and Disinfecting your Workplace

After accessing whether or not it’s safe to reopen your business, you should consider how to sanitize your workplace to limit the spread of germs to your employees and customers. Although not required by the CDC, it’s a good idea to have your plan written down and shared with employees and customers.

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Making the Most of SBA Funding

PPP loans have the possibility to be a business-saving resource for your company, and many businesses have already started to become approved for these loans. Every business is unique, and the terms and conditions of the PPP loan may not work for all. Many options are available for how to use the funds, and created several points that can act as guidelines for how your business will continue with the loan process. 

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Hand Sanitizer / Masks / Gloves

Cleaning Resources

Here are a few local resources for professional commercial cleaners in the Iowa City Area: 

  • ServPro of Iowa City/Coralville
    615 Hwy 1 W, Iowa City
    (319) 338-8550
  • EHC Cedar Rapids/Iowa City
    225 Center Point Rd, Hiawatha
    (319) 393-6756 
  • Big Deep Clean Services
    Iowa City
    (319) 209-5389


COVID-19 Related News & Events

Navigating Mask Mandates

Please see the following new mask order from Iowa City Mayor, Bruce Teague. The nuance of this...