Faith Groups Call on Gov. Reynolds to Issue Mask Order

DES MOINES, Iowa - The heads of several Iowa religious groups are calling on Governor Kim Reynolds to issue a mask order.

The group will hold an online press conference Monday morning after signing a statement asking for a statewide mask order.

The statement says a mask mandate would be in line with recommendations of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

The group includes the Interfaith Alliance as well as members of the Episcopal, Church of Christ, Jewish, Sikh and Islamic faiths in Iowa.

“The White House Coronavirus Task Force has implored the leaders of our state, particularly Governor Reynolds, to take quick and rigorous action to curb the extreme rise in positive cases and to reduce the increased hospitalization rate of COVID-19 cases that are stressing our healthcare system," the group's statement reads in part. "The Governor has announced some limited actions but not the full range of steps necessary to reduce the alarming rate of growth in Iowa’s cases."

The group says it will release its full statement Monday at 11 a.m. during its online press conference on Facebook Live @InterfaithAllianceIA

Last week, the Iowa State Board of Health voted to recommend Governor Reynolds impose a statewide mask order.

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