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Gov. Reynolds signs executive order closing salons, spas and tattoo parlors


JOHNSTON, Iowa (KTIV) -- Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed a new Disaster Emergency Proclamation in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Gov. Reynolds said in a news conference Sunday that she has signed an executive order closing all salons, barbershops, medical spas, tattoo parlors tanning salons and swimming pools.

Reynolds said the closures will go into effect March 22 at 10 p.m. and will remain in effect until March 31.

The declaration also suspends the foreclosures on residential, agriculture and commercial properties. Earlier this week, Reynolds suspended property tax collection and evictions.

The governor said child care facilities will remain open at this time. Last week Reynolds recommended Iowa schools close for 4 weeks.

"In the situation that we face today, the impact of closing child care is significantly different," said Gov. Reynolds. "The reality is, if child care closes, parents of young children who are employed in essential services such as health care, emergency services, food production and supply, and manufacturing won't be able to work. And now more than ever we need these essential services up and running."

The governor added that additional relief will be added for all Iowans with professional licenses, including medical personnel, so they won't have to gather for in-person continuing education or worry about their license expiring during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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JOHNSTON, Iowa (KTIV) -- Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is holding a news conference Sunday to update the state on the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The conference is being held after Iowa health officials reported on Sunday 22 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state's total to 90.

The conference is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m.

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