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Iowa governor extending COVID-19 public health proclamation

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DES MOINES, Iowa (KTIV) - Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed a new public health disaster proclamation that extends regulatory relief for another 30 days to those on the frontlines of COVID-19 recovery.

Earlier in February the governor relaxed most of the restrictions in the state she put in place to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

The proclamation removed the mask requirement for those spending 15 minutes or more in an indoor area within 6 feet of people not in their household. It also ended mask requirements for those in state buildings and some businesses, such as barbershops.

The governor’s order also ended limits on the number of customers in a business or a requirement that they stay socially distant.

Originally, this proclamation would have expired on March 7, but Reynolds has extended it through April 4. If the proclamation had been left to expire, regulatory relief that's in place to help the state fight the pandemic would have been discontinued.

The proclamation encourages Iowans, businesses and organizations to take reasonable public health measures consistent with guidance from the Iowa Department of Public.

It also continues to extend the waiver on transportation restrictions for overweight loads.

You can read the full proclamation here.

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