Additional Required Protective Measures Announced for Northeast Iowa
Apr 16, 2020
Governor Reynolds signed a new proclamation this morning with additional required protective measures in Regional Medical Coordination Center 6, which includes Linn, Jones, Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Clayton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Grundy, Howard, and Winneshiek counties. Data was reviewed this morning and Region 6 has been elevated to a level 10, the highest level being measured by state health officials.
Effective at 11:59 p.m. on April 16, 2020 through 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2020, Governor Reynolds outlines the following for all Region 6 counties:
- All gatherings for social, community, recreational, sporting, or leisure activities cease through April 30
- You may gather only with the members of your immediate household
- Limited exceptions will be made for:
- Churches, spiritual or religious gatherings, weddings, and funerals - these gatherings will continue to be restricted to 10 people
- For individuals caring for family members outside of their immediate household
- The proclamation also requires people to remain six feet away from people outside their household whenever possible.
The proclamation is due in part to Long Term Care facility outbreaks, severity of illness/rate of hospitalization, and an increase in virus activity in this region of the state.
What This Means for Businesses
The governor's proclamation requires employers to take reasonable steps to increase telework and adopt reasonable precautions to protect the health of employees and the public at any in-person operations.
The proclamation outlines the following for employers with employees physically located in Region 6 beginning 11:59 p.m. April 16, 2020 and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2020:
- All employers shall evaluate whether any more of their employees can feasibly work remotely and to the extent reasonable, shall take steps to enable such employees to work from home.
- All businesses or other employers remaining open with in-person operations shall take reasonable precautions to ensure the health of their employees and members of the public, including appropriate employee screening, social distancing practices, and increased cleaning and hygiene practices.
- This section shall not be a basis for closing or taking other enforcement action against a business or other employer absent an additional specific order or directive of the Iowa Department of Public Health.