By Nick Pedley
News Editor 

Reynolds to let public health disaster emergency expire

Order has been in place since March of 2020


February 10, 2022


From grocery store shortages, mass sanitation efforts, mask mandates and finally vaccinations, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought a whirlwind of changes and curveballs since March of 2020.

A state-ordered pandemic declaration will end next week, one month shy of its two-year anniversary.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Feb. 3 signed the final extension of the state's public health disaster emergency proclamation, announcing it will expire at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 15. It was first issued in accordance with the governor's executive authority on March 17, 2020 to enable certain public health mitigation measures during the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over time, it included hundreds of provisions aimed at addressing the pandemic.

The remaining 16 provisions focus p...

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