GOP Iowa Gov Finally Issues Face Mask Mandate

The Des Moines Register reports:

After months of rebuffing calls for a broad mask mandate to fight COVID-19, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Monday evening that all people ages 2 and older must wear a face covering when in an indoor space that is open to the public. Her order applies when people who are not members of the same household will be within six feet of one another for 15 minutes or more.

There are several exceptions, including people eating or drinking at bars and restaurants, people with medical disabilities that prevent wearing face coverings, and people participating in religious services. Mask requirements do not apply to in-classroom education, Reynolds’ staff clarified after she delivered a live, televised address about the new rules. Reynolds had previously rebuffed mask mandates as unenforceable and dismissed those imposed by cities and counties as being beyond their legal authority.

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