Gov. Kim Reynolds Extends Public Health Proclamation; Adds New Restrictions As Cases & Hospitalizations Continue To Surge
(Des Moines)-- Governor Kim Reynolds today (Tues.) announced she's extending her public health proclamation an additional 30 days and is adding some new restrictions as COVID cases and hospitalizations in Iowa continue to surge...
"Effective at midnight any social, community, recreational, leisure or sporting gatherings with more than 25 people indoors, or 100 people outdoors, will be prohibited unless all people over the age of two wear masks. Groups of individuals who attend these events together are limited to eight people unless the group is from the same household, and all groups must still maintain social distancing from other groups at the event. Additionally, at indoor youth and high school sporting or recreational activities, only two spectators per youth athlete or participant, are permitted to attend. The new eight person group limitation also applies now at bars and restaurants where distancing of six feet between groups will continue to be enforced and patrons must be seated to consume food or drinks. Masks are now required to be worn by employees and customers at businesses that provide personal services, including salons, barbershops, massage therapy, tattooing and tanning. Bowling alleys, pool and bingo halls, arcades, indoor playgrounds and children's play centers are now required to ensure groups are limited to eight, unless of course, they're from the same household and all groups, again, must maintain six feet of distance while in the establishment."
The new restrictions come as the state of Iowa today (Tues.) reported 4,441 new, confirmed cases of COVID-19 for the 24 hour period ending at 10:00 am. The state also reported 27 new deaths related to the virus, along with 1,135 new hospitalizations. Of those, 196 are in the ICU and 89 on ventilators. The Governor says the increase in hospitalizations is getting getting to an alarming point...
"The situation has the potential to impact any Iowan who may need care for any reason, whether for COVID-19 or for some other serious medical condition. And we don't want anyone to be turned away from our hospitals."
The Governor also pleaded for everyone to avoid getting into any circumstance where public health measures aren't being followed, saying those should be reported to local officials.
The Governor's full proclamation can be found here.