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Gov. Reynolds issues a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency

DES MOINES, Iowa. (KWWL) - Gov. Reynolds issued a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency activating the public health response and recovery aspects of the State Disaster Emergency Plan.

This will go into effect at noon today.

It takes significant steps to require social distancing and limit community spread of the Coronavirus by implementing temporary measures.

This includes moving restaurants to drive-through, carry-out, and delivery only and closures of certain businesses such as bars and recreational facilities.

The proclamation also allows state agencies additional flexibility in responding to the unprecedented COVID-19 situation.

“These are unprecedented times and the state of Iowa will do whatever is necessary to address this public health disaster. I have authorized all available state resources, supplies, equipment and materials to combat the spread of COVID-19,” said Gov. Reynolds. “The actions taken today are necessary to protect the health and safety of all Iowans and are critical to mitigating the spread of the virus.”

To read the latest information from Gov. Reynolds about the Coronavirus, click here.

Leslie Stone

News Content Producer

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