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Iowa Gov. Reynolds loosens state restrictions starting Dec. 17

Bars and restaurants can resume normal hours
Kim Reynolds
Posted at 11:02 AM, Dec 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-16 17:40:44-05

JOHNSTON, Ia. (KMTV) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds provided updates on the state's coronavirus response and vaccine roll out.

Gov. Reynolds loosening restrictions to start tomorrow thru Jan. 8:

  • bars and restaurants can resume normal hours, patrons must be seated though, limited to 8/group or household, masks when not eating, tables spaced
  • spectators at sporting events now include household
  • gathering restrictions are lifted but social distancing is still required

She asks Iowans to "celebrate responsibly."

UPDATE 3:44 12/16/2020
Statement from Gov. Reynolds:

"Today, Gov. Reynolds signed a new Public Health Disaster proclamation that modifies existing public health measures designed to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The proclamation requires social distancing and reasonable public health measures for many social, community, business, or leisure gatherings or events.

For high school-sponsored events and other sporting or recreational events, including youth and adult sporting events, spectators are no longer limited to just two spectators if all spectators are from the same household.

Restaurants or bars, including a wedding reception venue, winery, brewery, distillery, country club, or other social or fraternal club can resume in-person services at their regular business hours. Bar seating is now allowed.

These new measures take effect on Thursday December 17, 2020 and expire on January 8, 2021."
Gov. Kim Reynolds

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