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Day 1 of limited mask mandate in Iowa

Brett Bachtle
Updated: November 17, 2020 05:56 PM
Created: November 17, 2020 05:49 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has trusted Iowans to do the right thing during the pandemic, until now.

Reynolds issued a limited mask mandate along with additional mitigation measures designed to target activities and environments that have the potential to make a significant impact in a short amount of time.

"When you're in an indoor public space and unable to social distance for 15 minutes or longer, masks are required to be worn," said Reynolds.

Reynolds wants Iowans to work with her, but she's afraid that they've lost sight of the endgame.

"If Iowans don't buy into this, we lose," Reynolds said.

Director of CG Public Health Brian Hanft has advocated for a mask mandate. He believes it'll create a more unified message across the state. He spoke to a group of businesses owners following the new orders.

"This proclamation, I feel, really should help businesses now to say, 'Listen, c'mon, this is now a statewide thing, the governor's gotten behind this and we need to make sure people coming into our businesses are wearing masks, and not only that, our employees should be wearing masks,'" said Hanft.

Masks are also now required for customers when not seated at bars and restaurants, which must close at 10pm.

"If that's what will keep us to stay open rather than like what happened March 17th where we had to close any only do dine-in, I'm willing to take that," said Owner of The Blue Heron Bar & Grill Vickie Lau.


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