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Posted on: November 17, 2020

Governor Reynolds Proclamation 11-16-2020


For Immediate Release: 11-17-2020

For more information contact:            


Keri Navratil



Below is a summary of the information in Governor Reynolds’ Proclamation of Disaster Emergency issued November 16, 2020:


Mask Use:   Indoor spaces open to the public & 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 gathering 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 six 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 wedding reception venue, winery, brewery, distillery, country club, or other social or fraternal club

Closed to in person services at 10:00 PM

No bar seating

Masks required when not seated (while playing games, dancing etc.)

Six feet distancing between groups

Groups limited to 8 people unless larger group is from same household 

Seated when eating or drinking and limit congregation 


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

Group fitness activities are prohibited


Casinos and 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 play centers

Closed to in person services at 10:00 PM

Mask required when no 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 


The entire Proclamation can be found here:


 It remains important to exercise caution by using social distancing methods and face coverings as required by guidelines of the Iowa Department of Public Health.  Caution at work and at home are both equally important in keeping everyone as safe and healthy as possible.



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