OTTUMWA — The return of purple bags as Ottumwa spiffs up for spring is being put on hold.
Make Ottumwa Shine is indefinitely postponed as officials work to contain the virus that has caused the COVID-19 outbreak.
State officials have ordered bans on crowds of 10 or more people, which makes group efforts like the annual cleanup in Ottumwa difficult. The cleanup had been scheduled for April 19-25.
The city said further updates will be provided “at a later date.”