Governor Reynolds Addresses Iowans, Implements New Steps to Slow COVID-19 Spread

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds made a rare live address Monday night, urging Iowans to step up and slow the spread of COVID-19.

Iowa has seen a significant increase in COVID-19 cases, and the governor says the pandemic is now at its worst here in the state, with Iowa’s healthcare system now pushed to its brink.

So, Governor Reynolds announced Monday night that she will be implementing new mitigation measures – targeted towards events or activities where they have the potential to make a significant impact within a short amount of time. The new measures are going into effect at midnight Tuesday morning and include further steps regarding masks and gatherings.

Governor Reynolds is also suspending a number of youth activities.

And the governor is placing further restrictions on bars and restaurants.

Last week, Governor Reynolds said Iowans need to take personal responsibility in helping to slow the spread of the virus, which also may mean personal sacrifice – especially as we head into the holidays.

And if Iowans don’t start stepping up now, Governor Reynolds says she will have no choice but to implement more restrictions.

You can find the Governor’s proclamation here: