Changing course, governor enacts limited mask mandate


With Iowa hospitals filling up and schools closing classrooms, Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds dropped her longtime opposition to a statewide mask mandate and enacted a limited version of one.

A proclamation signed by the governor requires everyone 2 or older must wear masks when in indoor public spaces. Reynolds also limited many indoor gatherings to no more than 15 people and outdoor gatherings to 30, including family get-togethers. Bars and restaurants cannot stay open for in-person service past 10 p.m. And she suspended all youth and adult sports and recreational activities, except for high school, college and professional sports.

The mandate will be effective until Dec. 11, 2020. To read the entire declaration, visit the Governor’s website.

A link to the governor’s proclamation can be found here.

Mask proclamations have already been enacted by the cities of Iowa City and Coralville.