Bars in six IA counties to close with new disaster proclamation

Kim Reynolds
Posted at 11:04 AM, Aug 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-27 14:21:09-04

DES MOINES, Iowa (KMTV) — Gov. Kim Reynolds said bars in six counties will be closing after the state reported its largest case increase since the start of the pandemic.

Nearly 1,500 cases were reported in Iowa and 18 additional deaths as well. During the past few weeks, Reynolds said there has been a surge among the ages of 19-24 years.

After making the announcement, the governor said a new disaster proclamation will go into effect Thursday at 5 p.m. which will close down bars in those areas. The proclamation will last through September 15. They may continue to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption off premises.

The counties where bars will be closing are:

  • Blackhawk
  • Johnson
  • Lynn
  • Polk
  • Story
  • Dallas

Restaurants that serve alcohol in the counties will also be barred from selling booze past 10 p.m.

The proclamation also includes guidance that encourages people to continue socially distancing, wearing masks in public and the usual spread prevention guidelines.

When asked why a mask mandate was not being considered across the state, Reynolds said the attorney general said it would not be enforceable and therefore, she would not enact one and will instead encourage educating people.

Reynolds also talked about information and assistance programs available to people who were impacted by the recent derecho that tore through the state with winds reported at 112 miles per hour. A new website has been launched with that information at:

You can read a full copy of the proclamation below.

Watch the press conference below or on our Facebook page.

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