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Local Lawmaker Says Local Governments That Still Have Mask Regulations In Place May Be Overstepping Their Legal Authority

Mon 2-8-2021

(Spirit Lake)-- A local lawmaker says local governments that still have mask requirements in place may be overstepping their legal boundaries now that Governor Kim Reynolds has lifted them on the state level.

In a social media post, State Representative John Wills sites an opinion from the Iowa Attorney General's Office that says local governments can require masks be worn in their buildings and on their properties, but they do not have blanket authority to impose them upon the general public.

Clay County Public Health announced over the weekend a mask regulation adopted by that county's Board of Supervisors will remain in place until the county's positivity rate drops below 5 percent and stays there for 14 consecutive days.