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Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation modifying public health measures  


This news story was published on November 18, 2020.
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DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Reynolds signed a new Public Health Disaster proclamation that modifies existing public health measures to provide clarity and simplify the measures applicable to recreational activities and fitness centers.

Except for high school, collegiate, or professional sporting or recreational gatherings, the proclamation only permits sporting and recreational activities when all participants in the gathering—including athletes, coaches, or instructors—maintain six feet of physical distance at all times.  Activities where closer contact is required or reasonably unavoidable, such as a wrestling meet or basketball game, are prohibited. Spectators are also limited at all gatherings to two per athlete and must be social distanced six feet apart. And all participants, except for athletes, must wear masks. These requirements also apply to group classes or activities at fitness centers and gyms.

The proclamation does not change any measures in place for high school-sponsored, collegiate, or professional sporting or recreational activities. High school sports and extracurricular activities continue to be permitted, even where close contact may occur. But spectators at games or events are limited to two per student and are required to wear a mask.

The proclamation is effective immediately and continues to expire on December 10, 2020.

The full proclamation is online its entirety and the substantive provisions are below:

GATHERINGS

Section 1.        Pursuant to Iowa Code § 135.144 (3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, unless otherwise modified by subsequent proclamation or order of the Iowa Department of Public Health, I order that effective immediately and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on December 10, 2020:

  1. Indoor gatherings of more than 15 people prohibited: Social, community, business, or leisure gatherings or events of more than 15 people are prohibited at all indoor locations and venues unless explicitly permitted by this Proclamation or all members of the gathering live in the same household. This includes wedding and funeral receptions, family gatherings, festivals, conventions, fundraisers, and other nonessential gatherings and events where people who do not ordinarily live or work together congregate indoors. This section does not apply to restrict gatherings that occur during the ordinary course of business or government between employees or members of the public, including but not limited to gatherings in an office or manufacturing workplace, normal retail operations, or other establishments explicitly addressed in this Proclamation.
  2. Outdoor gatherings of more than 30 people prohibited: Social, community, business, or leisure gatherings or events of more than 30 people are prohibited at all outdoor locations and venues unless explicitly permitted by this Proclamation or all members of the gathering live in the same household. This includes wedding and funeral receptions, family gatherings, festivals, conventions, fundraisers, and other nonessential gatherings and events where people who do not ordinarily live or work together congregate outdoors. This section does not apply to restrict gatherings that occur during the ordinary course of business or government between employees or members of the public, including but not limited to gatherings in an office or manufacturing workplace, normal retail operations, or other establishments explicitly addressed in this Proclamation.
  3. Sporting and recreational gatherings: Except for high school, collegiate, or professional sporting or recreational gatherings, all sporting or recreational gatherings of any size are prohibited unless the gathering organizer and all participants comply with the following requirements:
        1. Social Distancing Required: All participants in the gathering—including all athletes, coaches, or instructors—must maintain six feet of physical distance between all other participants at all times. Activities where closer contact is required or reasonably unavoidable, such as a wrestling meet or basketball game, are prohibited.
        2. Spectators limited: The gathering organizer and all spectators must ensure that spectators are limited to no more than two spectators for each athlete participating in the gathering. Spectators may only be present during the time that athlete is participating in a practice, game, meet, or competition. The gathering organizer and all spectators must also ensure at least six feet of physical distance between each group of spectators.
        1. Masks required: Although athletes are not required to wear a mask while participating in a gathering, all other participants over the age of two shall wear a mask or other face covering for all gatherings.
  1. High School-sponsored sporting and extracurricular events: Sporting, recreational, and other extracurricular gatherings sponsored by a high school, including practices, games, competitions, and performances are not prohibited by this section, provided that all participants in the gathering comply with the following requirements:
        1. Spectators limited: The gathering organizer and all spectators must ensure that spectators are limited to no more than two spectators for each student athlete, performer, or competitor participating in the gathering. Spectators may only be present during the time that student or the student’s team is participating in a game, meet, or competition. The gathering organizer and all spectators must also ensure at least six feet of physical distance between each group of spectators.
        2. Spectator masks: Although student participants are not required to wear a mask while participating in an event, all spectators over the age of two shall wear a mask or other face covering for all gatherings.
  2. Spiritual and religious gatherings: Spiritual and religious gatherings, including any funerals or weddings, are not prohibited by this section. But a church, synagogue, or other host of a spiritual or religious gathering shall implement reasonable measures under the circumstances of each gathering to ensure social distancing of employees, volunteers, and other participants, increased hygiene practices, and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 consistent with guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

REOPENING OF BUSINESSES AND ESTABLISHMENTS

 

Section 2.        Pursuant to Iowa Code § 135.144 (3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, unless otherwise modified by subsequent proclamation or order of the Iowa Department of Public Health, I order that effective immediately and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on December 10, 2020:

  1. Fitness centers: A fitness center, health club, health spa, or gym may reopen or remain open, but only to the extent that it complies with the following requirements:
        1. Social distancing: The establishment must ensure that all equipment, such as treadmills, bikes, weight machines, benches, and power racks, are spaced at least six feet apart or take other appropriate measures to ensure that more closely spaced equipment is not used.
        2. Group activities: Any group activities or classes must be limited to a number of people that permits maintaining a distance of six feet apart at all times, and the establishment shall ensure that all such activities and classes comply with the requirements for sporting and recreational gatherings in this Proclamation.
        1. Other social distancing, hygiene, and public health measures: The establishment shall also implement reasonable measures under the circumstances of each establishment to ensure social distancing of employees and customers, increased hygiene practices, and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 consistent with guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

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24 Responses to Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation modifying public health measures  

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 20, 2020 at 7:03 am

    Covid Kim knows she was wrong from day one of the pandemic. She was just listening to her dumb ass, fat ass orange man boss and was afraid of him. Now she is making herself look smart. She does care that IT IS A LITTLE TOO LATE! #voteherouttoo.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 20, 2020 at 12:00 am

    TO LITTLE TO LATE.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 19, 2020 at 12:04 pm

    Opening the schools is how this savage virus got where it is today. And maintaining contact sports was a selfish notion. The youth spread it like none other and many don’t even know they got it. Unemployment is about to sky rocket across the nation. Common sense is to shutdown everything and get that stimulus out to people over the Holidays. To not do so will be the BIGGEST mistake made against the economy ever during the pandemic. 2020 is lost as will be 2021. China injected one million people with a vaccine. Yet the crematoriums are going 24/7 for quite some time now. How long to jab a million people?

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      November 19, 2020 at 1:15 pm

      Children don’t shed corona virus (science!). You’re post couldn’t be more wrong in just about everything

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        November 19, 2020 at 1:18 pm

        What?! You think children don’t share illnesses? ROFLMFAO at your silliness!

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          November 19, 2020 at 1:23 pm

          Read again carefully. Children do not shed corona virus. This is a fact and it is precisely why you don’t see outbreaks in daycare facilities and schools.

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            Anonymous

            November 19, 2020 at 2:10 pm

            At our public schools today, there are over 60 kids k-12 out with the virus or quaranting because of the virus. At one daycare provider in town, they have stated one more positive test means they will have to close for 2 weeks.

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            Anonymous

            November 19, 2020 at 2:19 pm

            You don’t understand. Yes, kids can get corona. But they don’t shed the virus. So the fact that schools and daycares are open is NOT the reason why the case counts are spiking. Talk to a doctor and stop getting your info from biased sources like CNN and Huffpo.

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            Anonymous

            November 19, 2020 at 4:30 pm

            You should stop getting your “news” from conspiracy theory websites. Children DO share COVID as well as adults do.

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            Anonymous

            November 19, 2020 at 5:08 pm

            What do you mane by ‘children sharing COVID’? You’re not understanding or you are not reading closely. Children DO NOT SHED Corona Virus. This is a fact that is easily verifiable by looking at REPUTABLE sources of information like the CDC or asking a licensed medical professional (do not get your info form CNN, Huffpo, Twitter, etc.). You even see evidence of this as there have been no outbreaks of corona virus at daycare centers or primary schools.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      November 19, 2020 at 1:17 pm

      If SOME people had the common sense to wear masks instead of screaming about their freedumb we wouldn’t be in this mess. They still don’t understand that if it comes to shutdowns/lockdowns they are the ones to blame. This week of the mask mandate has been a total flop in Osage.

      It would be great if the vaccine could be mass produced and everyone get it in a reasonable time frame but don’t count on that being able to happen until June 2021 or later. I hope I’m wrong and it’s sooner but I’m not going to hold my breath. I’ll just have to go 12 feet around maskless covidiots like they carry the plague. Oh yeah, they do carry the plague!

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        November 19, 2020 at 1:21 pm

        Gawd, this site finds the dumbest of the dumb. Do you know what the 1300’s fatality rate was from plague?!?! Do you?!?!? I’ll give you a hint, it’s not even in the same stratosphere as covid 19. Corona is about as deadly as ordinary flu. You need to find something more worthwhile to worry about.

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          November 19, 2020 at 2:11 pm

          You are lying. Covid is much more dangerous than the common flu. That has been stated many times by the CDC.

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            Anonymous

            November 19, 2020 at 2:20 pm

            Not lying. Just speaking from facts and data. 0.26% fatality rate. This is in line with ordinary flu.

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            Anonymous

            November 19, 2020 at 4:31 pm

            Liars lie, as that commenter proves. They keep reading fake facts and repeating them as gospel. FOrget science, it doesn’t exist for them.

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            JK LOL

            November 19, 2020 at 10:47 pm

            That is the media’s interpretation of CDC data. Read it yourself and you start to realize that mask usage does nothing to control it and the virus itself is only harmful if you have other underlying conditions. Sheeple.

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          November 19, 2020 at 4:33 pm

          Aw sweetie, you aren’t on Infowars right now, you’re commenting among people who rely on science and facts. I realize how desperate you are to belittle the virus and how easily you’ll lie to do so. I pity you.

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            Anonymous

            November 19, 2020 at 5:02 pm

            0.26% fatality rate. That is a fact. This is in line with ordinary flu. You and your precious CNN want to make this out to be Ebola to influence political outcomes. It is not Ebola. Not even close.

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            Anonymous

            November 20, 2020 at 4:23 pm

            250,000 dead. That is quite a number and it is much higher than the common flu death rate or death numbers. And it is going up.

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            Anonymous

            November 20, 2020 at 4:29 pm

            0.26% fatality rate. You cannot dispute math. This is on par with ordinary flu.

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            Anonymous

            November 20, 2020 at 10:46 pm

            Fine – using .26% (I think you mean .026%) that would be about 780,000 by the end of this pandemic. Can’t argue math. (.26% you would have 78,000,000) Either figure means that a great number of Americans will die. You should care.

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            Anonymous

            November 20, 2020 at 11:02 pm

            “For the 2018-2019 flu season in the United States there were about 28,000 flu-related deaths.” That isn’t the same as 250,000. Do the math.

            https://newsroom.osfhealthcare.org/covid-19-more-contagious–deadly-than-flu/

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            Anonymous

            November 21, 2020 at 1:44 am

            Geezus. This site finds the dumbest of the dumb. You can’t even do math right,. The fatality rate is 0.26%. First, you need to look up what ‘fatality rate’ actually means because you’re not applying your numbers correctly at all (hint: it’s not the rate among the general population). Then you need to learn how to multiply by a percentage because your not even doing that correctly. At no point, was any step of your math correct, yet YOU want to make a proclamation the corona is more deadly than ordinary flu. Take it from someone who can do elementary math correctly, corona is no more deadly than ordinary flu.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        November 19, 2020 at 6:51 pm

        What’s “freedumb”?