Des Moines City Council Approves Mask Requirement in City Buildings

DES MOINES, Iowa - Anybody inside a Des Moines city building will now have to wear a mask.

The city council has unanimously passed a resolution calling for city employees and visitors to wear face coverings in city buildings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The resolution also encourages businesses in Des Moines to make to the same requirement.

The city is not able to require masks in public without a similar order from Governor Kim Reynolds. The state attorney general's office has said a public face mask requirement in eastern Iowa's Muscatine is not enforceable because it is not consistent with Reynolds emergency proclamation.

The Des Moines resolution further calls on city employees to wear masks while working in an official capacity, whether they're in public or in city building.

The city has required Des Moines’ fire and police departments to wear masks since the 4th of July holiday.

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