On Thursday, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced the extension and modification to the Public Health Disaster proclamation, designed to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. The mask requirement for those two and over in indoor public spaces where people are unable to social distance for 15 minutes or longer remains in place, but spectator limits for sporting and recreational gatherings, including high school-sponsored events, has been lifted effective today (Friday, Jan. 8). These modifications and the current proclamation will remain in effect through Sunday, Feb. 6. Reynolds continues to encourage residents to protect the vulnerable population and to avoid high-risk activities such as weddings, funerals, parties, conventions, indoor entertainment, vacationing and more. However, these are still allowed to be held as long as they adhere to social distancing and mask requirements. Restaurants and bars can continue to serve patrons as long as they too enact social distancing measures and require masks be worn by patrons when they are not seated at the table, booth or bar. Groups will remain limited to no more than eight people seated together unless they are members of the same household. A link to the full proclamation can be found below.