Iowa governor won't budge on masks even as virus deaths rise

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks during a news conference about an update on the state's response to the new coronavirus outbreak, Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Posted at 11:43 PM, Sep 15, 2020

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As coronavirus deaths push past 1,200 and cases continue to rise Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds stands firm in her opposition to requiring masks or authorizing local cities and counties to enforce face covering mandates widely viewed by medical professionals and scientists as an effective way to slow COVID-19 spread.

Reynolds encourages Iowans to wear masks but says orders are not enforceable.

She's been photographed recently at GOP events hugging and talking closely with others without a mask but claims she does wear one and says photo snapshots aren't reflective of her practice.

Community virus spread continues to be high in some counties which lead to a government recommendation of a statewide mask mandate, but Reynolds has declined to enact one.

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