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Cedar Falls extends mask mandate for another month

Cedar falls mask mandate

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KWWL) -- The Cedar Falls City Council has voted to extend the city's mask mandate until at least May 19.

City Council voted 4-3 to extend the mandate, but removed two paragraphs from the resolution referring to "the governor's current proclamation." Governor Kim Reynolds' current Public Health Disaster Proclamation no longer requires face masks or social distancing guidelines in most settings across the state.

The mandate requires anyone within city limits to wear a face-covering in public settings when unable to remain six or more feet apart from others, including during the use of public transportation or private car services like taxis or rideshare services.

The mandate doesn't apply to children under the age of five. Additional exemptions are granted for anyone who has trouble breathing or is on oxygen therapy or a ventilator. It also does not apply to anyone who has been told by a medical, legal, or behavioral health professional not to wear face coverings.

Masks are not required when traveling in a personal vehicle alone or with household members, exercising at moderate or high intensity, while eating or drinking while seated at a restaurant, while obtaining a service that requires the removal of a face covering, or when federal or state law requires removal of the covering.

The mandate's extension comes on the same day Iowa opened up eligibility for COVID-19 vaccines to anyone 16 and older. As of Tuesday morning, a little more than 666,000 Iowans are fully vaccinated, according to the state's COVID-19 website. That's about 21% of the state's total population.

Monday's Cedar Falls City Council meeting can be seen here:

Trevor Oates

Executive Producer

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