Gov. Kim Reynolds has indicated she won't renew dozens of provisions in Iowa's coronavirus disaster proclamations set to expire this month.
Why it matters: These orders were put in place to protect public health and help deploy aid. The decision to let them lapse may signal that the state's pandemic recovery is progressing.
- Yes, but: Some worry it's too early to end the provisions, considering that fewer than half of Iowa's population is fully vaccinated and the highly contagious Delta variant has been identified here.
- The latest, signed May 27, outlines pandemic assistance that Iowans should not expect to be extended, and lifts safety restrictions for some sectors.
- Dental: Requirements for dental staff to take extra precautions like wearing N95 masks will expire June 26.
- Telemedicine and telehealth: Requirements for face-to-face interactions for some services like addiction treatment will resume July 1.
What to watch: Reynolds hasn't provided sunset dates on some pandemic measures she's extended multiple times, such as regulatory relief and removing transportation restrictions. It's possible they'll be renewed in the coming days.
- This includes limits on truck weights that were eased for deliveries of essential goods like food, vaccines and cleaning supplies.
- It also covers dozens of rules linked to state health and safety oversight that give more flexibility for things like restaurant inspection timelines.
The big picture: Several governors across the country have ended or reduced their emergency orders, and Republicans seem to be leading the push.
- But it's not entirely party-driven. Some Democratic governors, such as California's Gavin Newsom, have also moved to end their orders. Many of the Golden State's restrictions are being lifted today.
What they're saying: Relaxed rules mean that people must be more responsible, Sara Willette, an Ames resident who tracks the virus on her site Iowa COVID-19 Tracker, told Jason.
- It may come at a high cost to those who haven't gotten vaccinated, Willette warned.
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