Iowa Governor extends COVID-19 proclamation


(Des Moines, IA) -- Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has extended the COVID-19 Public Health Disaster Emergency for another 30-days.

It means bars in Story and Johnson counties will remain closed until September 27th. The earlier proclamation was to expire on September 20th.

Restaurants in those two counties must stop selling alcohol after 10 p.m.

The proclamation also provides additional regulatory relief to school districts and extends many of the previously issued regulatory relief measures necessary to respond to this public health disaster, including those related to healthcare, professional licensure, educational workforce, and expirations of driver’s licenses. 

The proclamation extends public health mitigation measures for businesses and other establishments. This includes the requirements for open bars and restaurants to ensure six feet of physical distance between each group or individual dining or drinking; to ensure all patrons have a seat at a table or bar and consume alcohol or food while seated; and to limit congregating together closer than six feet.

Requirements for social distancing, hygiene, and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission also remain in place for gyms, casinos, salons, theaters, and other establishments.

The proclamation extends other public health measures until October 18th.