Public Health and Government
’s parks and trails are open to the public, but playground equipment and other recreational facilities are closed, the city government announced this week. Tennis, pickleball and basketball courts will remain open, but contact play is prohibited. More information is available online

The Iowa Restaurant Association has created an industry relief fund to assist hospitality workers displaced by the recent suspension of on-premise dining in Iowa restaurants and bars. According to a recent study by the Iowa Restaurant Association, 82% of restaurants and bars in Iowa have already laid off employees due to the on-premise shutdown put in place on March 17. The association projects tens of thousands of Iowa hospitality workers will be affected by the layoffs. Donations can be given online

Health care
DMOS Orthopaedic Centers 
announced Wednesday that it will keep its Urgent Injury Clinic doors open during the COVID-19 crisis. “Our primary purpose for keeping our Urgent Injury Walk-In clinics open is to help support the emergency rooms, hospitals and clinic health care providers as they focus on caring for those affected by this outbreak,” DMOS’ president, Dr. Nicholas Honkamp, said on its COVID-19 web page. “We hope to reduce potential spread of the disease by continuing to provide separate, specialized care for people with urgent orthopedic conditions.” COVID-19 screening is still an important aspect of the orthopedic clinics processes so patients will be asked a few questions pertaining to potential exposure risks and symptoms, along with body temperature confirmation in conformity with the CDC regulations. The Ankeny clinic is open Mondays 7-11 a.m., and the West Des Moines clinic is open Monday-Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. For more information, visit

Arts and Culture
Capital City Pride
 is postponing Pride Week and its annual Pride Fest celebration until July 17-19 in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. 2020 Pride Week will be observed July 12-19, and the street festival will occur July 17-19 in the Des Moines East Village. The Pride Fest Parade will occur July 19. More information is available online

Catch Des Moines and the Greater Des Moines Partnership are launching the DSM Local Challenge Bingo Contest as part of the #DSMlocalchallenge to support local businesses and organizations during social distancing. The DSM Local Challenge Bingo Contest encourages individuals to engage in activities across nine categories to support local retail, hospitality, performing arts, nonprofits and cultural institutions. More information is available online