Governor extends state rule waivers

    Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks at a news conference Jan. 27, 2021 at Iowa PBS. (Screen shot from Iowa PBS)

    Gov. Kim Reynolds has extended the waiver of some state rules for another month due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

    The state has suspended a variety of rules, including some professional requirements at schools and medical facilities, to help with staffing during the pandemic. Reynolds also extended a waiver of weight restrictions on trucks.

    Even as Iowa’s COVID-19 cases have risen in recent days following the suspension last month of the state’s restrictions on bars, restaurants and other business, the latest proclamation contains no new limits on activities. The proclamation strongly encourages citizens, businesses and organizations to take “reasonable public health measures.”

    The full proclamation is here.

    Perry Beeman
    Senior reporter Perry Beeman has nearly 40 years of experience in Iowa journalism and has won national awards for environmental and business writing. He has written for The Des Moines Register and the Business Record, where he also served as managing editor. He also is former editorial director of Grinnell College. He co-authored the recently published book, "The $80 Billion Gamble," which details the lottery-rigging case of Eddie Tipton.