Governor Reynolds Allowing Elective Surgeries & Farmers Markets

Governor Kim Reynolds says it’s time to start gradually reopening Iowa for business. And she plans to begin with the state’s medical centers and clinics.

That proclamation is statewide, not regional — as had been discussed earlier. Many Iowa hospitals have been forced to furlough staff or reduce hours. Reynolds issued a plea for any nurses who aren’t working to consider volunteering, as their experience is badly needed. The governor also plans to allow farmers markets to open, though under the familiar restrictions of the pandemic.

Only food stands will be allowed to operate at the farmers markets.

The governor also confirmed Friday that Region 6 – which covers all of northeast Iowa and includes all of the KMCH listening area – has gone down a notch on the assessment scale from 10 to 9.

Governor Reynolds says she plans to announce more information on Monday regarding the first phase of re-opening Iowa.