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Reynolds: “Mask Mandate Not Enforceable”

Iowa’s Governor says issuing a state-wide mask mandate to help slow the spread of the coronavirus is not enforceable. On August 9th, the White House Coronavirus Task Force recommended that Governor Kim Reynolds consider mandating masks in areas where COVID-19 cases were wide- spread. During her twice weekly news conference on Thursday, Reynolds was asked why she didn’t act on the recommendation at that time. She says the cities that have adopted a mask mandate, like Dubuque, know that it’s not enforceable. The other Iowa cities that have passed a mask mandate are Muscatine and Iowa City. Johnson County has also adopted a mask mandate. Dubuque County could soon join, as the board of health passed a resolution this week recommending the board of supervisors approve a mask mandate.

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