COVID-19 cases have begun to drop across the country, and as a result, some governors are ditching their statewide mask mandates. However, this has reportedly raised some tensions with city leaders who may keep their own restrictions in effect in order to combat new strains of the virus.
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds (R) ended the state’s mask mandate and restrictions on social gatherings. This came after case numbers and hospitalizations had “fallen by around 80% since the autumn peak and vaccination programs in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities got under way,” according to The Wall Street Journal.
“We need to make sure that we’re doing everything that we can to protect Iowans, especially our most vulnerable,” the Republican governor said. “But I also have to balance economies that support the individuals that are trying to sustain a business or sustain their livelihood.”
Some cities do not plan to follow the governor’s actions. Des Moines, Dubuque, Iowa City, and several
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