Iowa governor orders additional business restrictions
Gov. Kim Reynolds announced additional COVID-19 deaths and dozens more cases before ordering further business closings at a news conference Monday morning.
Reynolds said Monday that the state had an additional 16 deaths and 444 cases last week. Today, she announced 78 new cases for a total of 946 positives in 75 counties.
As of Monday morning, there have been 25 COVID-19 deaths — 48% in long-term care facilities — in Iowa, including three more announced by Reynolds today:
- an older adult in Linn County
- two elderly adults in Tama County
Reynolds reported Monday that 99 have been hospitalized so far, and 284 recovered. Also, 680 additional negative cases were reported Monday for a total of 10,653 negative cases in the state, to date.
The governor also announced orders to close additional types of businesses through April 30, including:
- Enclosed malls. Any retail establishment that can be accessed from outside the mall is not required to close, according to the order.
- Social and fraternal clubs. This includes (but is not limited to) American Legion and VFW posts, Elks Clubs, and country clubs. Golf course clubhouses may remain open only to facilitate use of the course; they can also sell food and beverages via carry out.
- Amusements. Bowling alleys, pool halls, bingo halls, arcades, and amusement parks must close.
- Libraries, museums, aquariums, and zoos. All must close.
- Race tracks. All tracks and speedway must full close.
- Skating rinks and skate parks. All indoor and outdoor roller or ice skating rinks and skate parks must close.
- Playgrounds. All indoor and outdoor playgrounds or children's play centers must close. Playgrounds in private residences or childcare facilities are exempt from this order.
- Campgrounds and parks. All public and private campgrounds, including all cabins and yurts, are closed to temporary recreational use. Long-term and permanent tenants residing at a campground are exempt.
- Vaping, toy, gaming, music, movie, and adult-entertainment stores. All must close.
The order, which Reynolds said is meant to encourage further social distancing and mitigation efforts, takes effect at 8 a.m. Tuesday. Violation of those orders will face misdemeanor charges, she said.
In addition, all unsolicited door-to-door sales are prohibited at all homes and residences, according to the governor's latest order.