Governor orders stricter social distancing in NE IA region

New limitations on gatherings signed into effect
Posted at 11:01 AM, Apr 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-16 17:01:17-04

DES MOINES, Iowa (KMTV) — Gov. Kim Reynolds is ordering residents in northeastern Iowa to stay home for all but work and essential errands amid growing concerns about coronavirus outbreaks at meatpacking plants and nursing homes.

Reynolds on Thursday said that she was banning “all gatherings” for social, community, recreational and leisure purposes in the region that includes Cedar Rapids, Waterloo and Dubuque. Previously, the governor had banned all gatherings larger than 10 statewide.

Reynolds said that residents can only gather with household members, with few exceptions, and they must do everything possible to stay six feet away from others in public. They can leave for work and essential errands.

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