Iowa governor denounces city, county face mask mandates

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds updates the state’s response to the coronavirus outbreak during a news conference, Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in Urbandale, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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UPDATED 9:50 AM PT — Thursday, July 9, 2020

The governor of Iowa recently denounced city and county officials in her state for imposing the mandatory use of face masks.

In a statement, Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds said local officials do not have the authority to require residents to wear masks in public. She added that such orders go against her proclamation on public health, which was recently extended through July.

Iowa mayors recently expressed frustration with the governor’s proclamation as it prohibits local police departments from enforcing face mask requirements. However, Reynolds said the attorney general agreed with her stance.

“If the governor has a declaration in place…if the county declaration isn’t consistent and it’s in a health disaster declaration, which we have in place, if it’s not consistent then it’s not appropriate,” she stated. “It’s not in effect.”

Despite this, the governor is not ruling out a possibility of issuing a face mask order. She noted that all options are on the table.

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