Evans is no longer required to apply masks in public buildings until Sunday morning Latest health announcement Kim Reynolds by Govt.
The new rules – which imposed restrictions before Reynolds, instituted before Thanksgiving – lift previous restrictions on the number of people allowed to gather at any place at any time, as well as for businesses such as restaurants and gyms With social needs requirements.
“It allows us to go back to business at a critical time,” Jessica Duncker, head of the Iowa Restaurant Association, told The Des Moines Register on Saturday.
“We’re doing … the day before the Super Bowl, which opens up a lot of businesses to get in the crowd and watch the big game safely.”
Reynolds, who once dismissed the mask as a “feel-good” remedy, changed her mind in November as cases of COVID-19 in Iowa and elsewhere.
According to reports, his office did not provide an explanation for the governor’s decision to lift those restrictions. Iowa reported 804 coronovirus cases as of Friday morning and ranked 46th in the nation in vaccine delivery, The register said.
The new declaration “strongly encourages Evans, businesses, and organizations to take appropriate public health measures in line with the guidance of the Iowa Department of Public Health,” the governor’s office said in a statement.
But at least one prominent public health voice in the state criticized the move, which was announced days after state officials announced three confirmed cases of the highly contagious British COVID-19 version.
“I don’t think it’s a good idea, to say it clearly,” Iowa Public Health Association President Lina Tucker Reinders told the Register.
“We are not out of the epidemic yet.”