Severity: Warning Alert       

Transportation: As of Sept. 1, officials in Iowa, US, have increased restrictions in six of the state's 99 counties due to COVID-19 activity.

Alert Begins 01 Sep 2020 03:58 PM UTC
Alert Expires 21 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: COVID-19 Restrictions
  • Location(s): Iowa (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Transport and business disruptions

Summary
As of Sept. 1, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has issued orders to increase business restrictions in six of the state's 99 counties to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Other previously imposed restrictions remain in place statewide.

Under the new directive, bars, taverns, wineries, breweries, distilleries, and nightclubs must close in Black Hawk, Dallas, Johnson, Linn, Polk, and Story counties until at least Sept. 20. Restaurants in these six counties may remain open but must suspend the sale of alcoholic beverages at 2200 nightly. Guidelines also strongly encourage residents two years of age and older to wear protective face coverings statewide, whenever they are in public settings, especially when it is not possible to social distance from others.

Otherwise, other restrictions remain in place statewide. Businesses can operate without specific capacity limits, though they must still ensure a distance of at least 1.8 meters (6 feet) between customers and spectators, which is likely to reduce the number of customers within their facilities. Malls may also open without capacity limitations, but must keep playgrounds closed. All businesses must continue to implement enhanced sanitation procedures and provide the necessary protective equipment to employees, besides ensuring social distancing measures.

All measures are subject to amendment at short notice.

Advice
Confirm appointments. Remain courteous and cooperative if approached and questioned by law enforcement officers.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.


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