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Governor’s mask mandate drops at midnight

Gov. Reynolds limits gatherings, requires masks indoors

By Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer | Nov 16, 2020

Image of Governor Reynolds courtesy of the Governor's office and Iowa Public Television

Gov. Kim Reynolds addressed Iowans via Iowa Public Television and Facebook Live Monday evening to announce new efforts to mitigate COVID-19 and institute a new public health proclamation.

Beginning at 12 a.m. Tuesday, and lasting through Dec. 10, there is an indoor mask mandate and a ban on some indoor and outdoor gatherings as well as limitations on patrons in restaurants and bars.

Beginning Tuesday morning, all people age two or older must wear a mask or face covering when inside an indoor space open to the public and within six feet of individuals who are not members of their household for at least 15 minutes.

Exceptions include people with medical conditions that prevent them from wearing a mask, people working alone or where social distancing can be maintained, people consuming food or drink in a restaurant setting or a bar table, people giving a performance or participating in a religious service.

Indoor gatherings of more than 15 people are now prohibited, including wedding and funeral receptions and family gatherings unless all members live within the same household. Outdoor gatherings of more than 30 people are also prohibited, with certain exceptions.

All sporting or recreational gatherings of any size are prohibited, except high school, collegiate or professional sports. Organized youth and adult sports of any size are suspended.

A restriction of two spectators per athlete at high school, college, and professional sports and extracurricular activities remains in place, with those spectators required to wear a mask.

Restaurants, bars, bowling alleys, pool halls, arcades, bingo halls, and indoor playgrounds are required to close by 10 p.m and cannot host private events of more than 15 people.

Masks must be worn by staff who have direct customer contact and customers must wear masks any time they are not seated at their tables to eat or drink.

The Estherville News will have more information on the new public health emergency proclamation in Thursday’s edition of the Estherville News.