The city of Des Moines is extending the closure of city administration buildings until at least Feb. 1, 2021, Mayor Frank Cownie announced late Monday. City administrative buildings have been closed to the public since March following the COVID-19 pandemic’s arrival in Iowa. As of Monday, Polk County reported 23,815 positive cases of COVID-19. The extended closure includes the City Hall, the Armory, the Municipal Service Center, Public Works buildings, the Des Moines Wastewater Reclamation Authority, and the office location for the Civil and Human Rights Department. Questions about city permits, licenses or fines can be addressed at or by calling the city clerk’s office at 515-283-4209 during business hours. Updates are available online. “With numbers this staggering, managing the safety of our employees as well as the residents of Des Moines remains a top priority,” Cownie said in a statement. “Our city offices will remain closed until we see a consistent downturn in numbers in Iowa, but especially here in Polk County.”