Iowa in a public health disaster

Restaurants, theaters, casinos, gatherings of 10 people or more shut down

Gov Kim Reynolds earlier this morning proclaimed a state of public health disaster in Iowa, effective March 17 at 12 pm.

Her proclamation takes significant steps to require social distancing and limit community spread of the virus by implementing temporary measures including moving restaurants to drive-through, carry-out and delivery only, and closures of certain entities such as bars and recreational facilities.

“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,” 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.”

Effective from March 17 at 12 pm through March 31 at 11:59 pm

*Restaurants and bars are hereby closed to the general public. Food and beverages may be sold if they are promptly taken from the premises, or if they are delivered to customers off the premises.

*All fitness centers, health clubs, health spas, gyms and aquatic centers are closed.

*All theaters or other performance venues at which live performances or motion pictures are shown are closed.

*Casinos and gaming facilities are closed.

*Social, community, spiritual, religious, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings and events of more than 10 people are prohibited at all locations and venues, including but not limited to parades, festivals, conventions, and fundraisers. Planned large gatherings and events must be canceled or postponed until after termination of this public health disaster.

*All facilities that conduct adult day services or other senior citizen centers are closed.

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