Governor Reynolds closes bars in college counties

EMMA'LE MAAS, Executive Editor

Governor Reynolds gave a press conference this morning to address spikes in COVID-19 cases.

In the conference, Reynolds announced her proclamation to close bars in six counties: Black Hawk, Linn, Dallas, Johnson, Story and Polk by 5 p.m this evening. Restaurants may remain open but must stop the sale of alcohol past 10 p.m. 

The governor stated her reasoning for the proclamation was directly influenced by outbreaks in these areas caused by 19-24 year olds socializing in large groups. 

Reynolds also called for the assistance of officers to make sure these rules are enforced, as well as calling on Iowans themselves to keep each other safe, saying, “I believe that us Iowans care for the greater good. I believe we all want to protect the most vulnerable among us.” 

After today’s conference, Reynolds has still not mandated masks, however she does strongly encourage them in those two or older. The proclamation will not expire until Sept. 20.

UNI released a statement following the new proclamation, in which they stated “While it’s unfortunate these temporary steps were needed, and although we recognize the value these businesses bring to our community, it’s clear that public safety guidelines were not being uniformly enforced.”

President Mark Nook also showed his support for the governor’s proclamation, stating, “Today’s action by the governor will help our community protect against the spread of COVID-19. It supports the effort already underway by the university and many establishments across the Cedar Valley to protect the health and safety of our community.”