Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced a new statewide mask mandate as a part of new coronavirus restrictions, which she once called “feel good measures.”
What’s going on?
Reynolds recently signed a proclamation that made it so people over 2 years old need to wear masks while indoors beginning Tuesday.
- “No one wants to do this. I don’t want to do this,” she said Monday.
- “If Iowans don’t buy into this, we’ll lose,” she said. “Businesses will close once again, more schools will be forced to go online, and our health care system will fail.”
The restrictions limit gatherings to no more than 15 people indoors and 30 people outdoors, including family events.
- Bars and restaurants can now only operate between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.
A look at the numbers
What she said before
- “No, I’m not going to mandate masks. I trust Iowans. I believe in Iowans,” Reynolds said at the time. “There’s no way to enforce it. Most of the states or entities that have done that, they’ve actually gone as far as to say we’re not going to enforce it, so it’s just kind of a feel-good.”