Governor issues public health disaster emergency

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Eclipse News-Review

DES MOINES - Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency in response to COVID-19, activating the public health response and recovery aspects of the State Disaster Emergency Plan effective at noon on Tuesday, March 17 and continuing for the next 30 days.

Until the disaster emergency has been terminated, temporary measures will be implemented to limit restaurants to drive-through, carry-out and delivery services only and close various businesses including bars, recreational facilities, fitness centers, theaters, casions/gaming facilities and any gatherings or events of more than 10 people, including but not limited to fundraisers, conventions, festivals and parades. Also, senior citizen centers and adult daycare facilities are closed.

The disaster emergency also allows state agencies flexibility in responding to COVID-19 and supports the critical work of public health.

“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,” Gov. Reynolds said. “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.”

The full text of the proclamation is available at the governor's website.

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