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Posted on: November 17, 2020

Gov. Reynolds Signs New Proclamation Requiring Masks, Limiting Gatherings and More

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Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a new Public Health Disaster proclamation that imposes a number of additional public health measures to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. These new measures are now in effect statewide and will continue until 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 10, 2020. Read the proclamation.

Summary of the Governor's new public health measures:

Mask Use: Indoor spaces open to the public and State executive branch buildings

  • Masks required when individuals are within 6 feet of one another for 15 minutes or longer with certain exceptions

Gathering Restrictions: Social, community, business or leisure gatherings

  • No more than 15 people indoors and 30 people outdoors
  • These restrictions apply to wedding receptions, family gatherings, conventions, and other nonessential gatherings but do not apply to gatherings that occur during the ordinary course of business or government

Sporting and Recreational Events: Youth and adult group sporting and recreational gatherings are prohibited except for high school, college and professional sports

High School Sports & Extracurriculars: Sporting, recreational and extracurricular events

  • Only two spectators permitted for each high school athlete, performer or competitor, and must wear a mask and maintain 6 feet distance from other spectators
  • Students can be closer than six feet and are not required to wear masks

Restaurants and Bars: Restaurant or bar, including a wedding reception venue, winery, brewery, distillery, country club or other social or fraternal club

  • Closed to in-person services at 10:00 p.m.
  • No bar seating
  • Masks required when not seated (while playing games, dancing, etc.)
  • Six feet distancing between groups
  • Groups limited to eight people unless larger group is all same household
  • Seated when eating or drinking and limit congregating

Fitness Centers: Fitness centers, health clubs, health spas, gyms

  • Group fitness activities are prohibited

Casinos & Gaming Facilities: Masks required except when seated to eat or drink

Closer/Prolonged Contact Establishments: Bowling alleys, pool halls, bingo halls, arcades, indoor playgrounds, children’s play centers

  • Closed to in-person services at 10:00 p.m.
  • Mask required when not seated to eat or drink
  • Ensure that groups and individuals are six feet apart at establishment
  • Groups limited to eight people unless larger group is all same household

Nonessential/elective surgeries: A hospital must reduce its in-patient, nonessential surgeries to a level that uses at least 50% fewer beds than it did on average during September 2020

City of Waukee's Response

To avoid confusion and any conflicting requirements, the face covering proclamation previously issued by Waukee Mayor Courtney Clarke on Nov. 5, 2020 will change from a requirement to a strong recommendation while Gov. Reynolds’ proclamation is in effect. If the Governor’s proclamation does expire on Dec. 10 without any extension, it is Mayor Clarke’s intent to reinstitute the face covering requirement proclamation in Waukee on Dec. 11 through Dec. 31, 2020, unless modified or amended. Read the current proclamation which encourages the wearing of face coverings in public places in Waukee and compliance with Gov. Reynolds’ Nov. 16, 2020 Public Health Disaster proclamation.

Businesses and residents should refer to the Office of the Governor at (515) 281-5211 for any questions related to COVID-19 mitigation efforts such as mask requirements, closures and more. Businesses may remove City signs related to the previous face covering requirement proclamation issued by Mayor Clarke, but are encouraged to keep them for possible later use.

Thank you to everyone in the Waukee community for helping to keep each other safe and healthy.

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