DES MOINES, Iowa (KCAU) – Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed a disaster emergency proclamation to continue the State Public Health Emergency Declaration.
The proclamation includes additional mandatory closures, relaxes certain restrictions to promote additional social distancing, and provides regulatory relief to Iowa healthcare industries, along with other actions in the proclamation.
It will close salons, barbershops, medical spas, massage, therapy, tattoo shops, tanning salons, and swimming pools until March 31 at 11:59 p.m.
Gov. Reynolds said the proclamation will be put into effect at 10 p.m. Sunday night.
She said that foreclosures will be suspended on residential, commercial, and agricultural real property.
The proclamation also provides professional licensing relief to remove barriers for those who want to step up, such as doctors and nurses, and serve in the medical professions and to prevent the expiration of those professional licenses during the coronavirus disaster.
Gov. Reynolds said in the press conference on Sunday that the declaration will suspend in-person requirements for various activities to further social distancing.
She said that childcare facilities are to remain open at this time. This is while schools remain closed for four weeks after the governor’s recommendation.
Gov. Reynolds said in the news conference that those two decisions are not the same with each having consequences that impact families. She added that closing those facilities is “significantly different” to closing schools.
“The reality is, if child care closes, parents of young children who are employed in essential services, such as healthcare, emergency services, food production and supply, and manufacturing, won’t be able to work,” said Gov. Reynolds.
She mentioned that Iowa needs those essential services up and running during the COVID-19 outbreak.
For the full press conference, watch the replay video below.