COVID cases and hospitalizations are increasing in Iowa, leading Governor Reynolds to announce new measures on Tuesday.
The governor says the things that seem harmless – like going to a wedding, attending a high school sporting event or having friends over to watch a football game – is where the virus is spreading.
Governor Reynolds has signed a new proclamation that continues the state’s public health emergency for another 30 days, with a number of new mitigation strategies.
The new 8-person group limitation also now applies 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.
The governor is also asking employers to review the best mitigation options for their workplace.
The governor says they intend to keep businesses open, but Iowans need to do their part too.
Governor Reynolds says this is the time when personal responsibility also means personal sacrifice.
The governor says hospital staffing is becoming a challenge and it may soon impact Iowans who need care – for COVID or otherwise.