Governor Kim Reynolds announced an expansion of the Public Health Disaster Emergency Proclamation that is currently in place for the state of Iowa during a press conference March 26.
Reynolds expanded the retail closures and suspended suspending elective and non-essential medical and dental procedures.
"Effective at 10 p.m. today all existing closures, including restaurants and bars, will now be extended another week until April 7. I am also ordering the closure of additional retail stores through April 7 including book stores, clothing and shoe stores, jewelry, luggage, cosmetic, perfume and beauty supply stores, florists, furniture and home furnishing stores," she said.
"Effective at 5 p.m. tomorrow through the duration of this disaster all non-essential or elective surgeries and procedures that can be delayed without undue risk to patients are suspended. All elective dental procedures including routine hygiene, cosmetic or orthodontic procedures are suspended with the exception of emergency procedures.
"These actions will help us preserve the personal protection equipment as well as our healthcare workforce," she added.