The governor of Iowa lifted mask-wearing restrictions despite a new coronavirus variant in the state

The governor of Iowa lifted mask-wearing restrictions despite a new coronavirus variant in the state

  • Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds rolled back several health restrictions in response to the pandemic.
  • Reynolds said on Friday that Iowans no longer need to wear masks in public, for example.
  • This update comes as Iowan health officials say they’ve detected new coronavirus variants.
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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Friday lifted several health restrictions intended to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the Omaha World-Herald reported.

Reynolds rolled back health practices like mask-wearing and capacity limitations indoors, despite officials noting in early February that the state has seen three coronavirus mutations

Reynolds said Iowans no longer have to wear face coverings in public, according to the Omaha World-Herald. She also said businesses no longer have to cap the number of people entering their establishing and can drop social distance guidelines. 

Meanwhile, Iowa county officials continue to urge caution. 

“Viruses constantly change through mutation, and new variants of a virus are expected to occur over time. Sometimes new variants emerge and disappear. Other times, new va

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