Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds outlined some additional mitigation efforts for counties known as Region #6 April 16. This includes Linn, Black Hawk, Allamakee and other counties in northeastern Iowa. She stopped short of ordering a shelter-in-place for the entire state, but made it clear these counties needed to adhere to certain rules to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Restrictions include canceling all social gatherings for the counties included in the region. While some exceptions will be made for funerals, weddings, and other religious services, Gov. Reynolds also said "people should not be gathering with anyone outside of their immediate household and should limit leaving their residences for essential reasons only, like grocery shopping or medical appointments."
The governor called on employers to provide employees the chance to work from home, if at all possible. And if it's not, they should take all precautions to protect the health and safety of workers.
People are again being asked to take personal responsibility and “make every reasonable effort” to remain six feet away from others.
The new mitigation efforts for Region #6 go into effect at 11:59 p.m. Thursday and will be in place until April 30.