Emergency declaration extended, some businesses reopening

     On April 27, Governor Kim Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency until May 27. The proclamation loosens social distancing measures in 77 Iowa counties, including Jones County, effective at 5 p.m. on May 1, and continues other restrictions until 11:59 p.m. on May 15.

     The proclamation permits restaurants, fitness centers, malls, libraries, racetracks, and certain other retail establishments to reopen in a limited fashion with public health measures in place.

     Bars, theaters, casinos, social and fraternal clubs, playgrounds, campgrounds, salons, barbershops, and a number of other establishments must remain closed.

     Jones County Public Health strongly urges residents to continue to follow mitigation strategies that have been put in place to protect the health of all residents of Jones County. Maintain a 6-foot physical (social) distance when you do have to leave your home. Practice good hand hygiene and wash your hands often. If you are experiencing any degree of illness, stay home and isolate yourself from household members.

     The Governor’s full proclamation can be read at: https://coronavorus.iowa.gov/#proclamations.

     Food service license holders in Jones County can contact Linn County Public Health at 319-892-6000 with questions about how to safely re-open dining in their places of business. Information will be sent via e-mail of postal mail on April 28 that contains specific guidance on how to safely re-open.

     All other business inquires can be directed to Jones County Public Health at 319-480-9506 or publichealth@co.jones.ia.us. In addition, a public hotline is available 24/7 by calling 2-1-1 or 800-244-7431. For additional resources and up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit https://coronavirus.iowa.gov.

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