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Iowa Governor Signs Bill Banning Mask Mandates in Schools, Businesses

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds speaks into the RNC from Washington, D,C.. (Handout via Reuters)

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed a bill on Thursday that prohibits K-12 colleges from implementing mask mandates and pubs cities and counties by requiring masks in companies.

Public and private colleges cannot enforce or enact a policy forcing faculty employees, students or visitors to put on a mask while on the premises whether it is to get a”specific extracurricular or instruction purpose” or is required under present state law for eye and ear protective devices, the new law states.

However, masks may nevertheless be worn optionally.

The law also prohibits cities and counties from requiring land owners to enforce a mask coverage”that is more stringent than a policy imposed by the state.” 

“The state of Iowa is putting parents back in control of their child’s education and taking greater steps to protect the rights of all Iowans to make their own health care decisions,” the Republican governor said in a statement on Thursday. “I am proud to be a governor of a state that values personal responsibility and individual liberties.”

The mask supply was included in HF 847, a larger education bill related to open registration and expanding taxation applications that passed both chambers of the state legislature along party lines on Wednesday.

Iowa school districts have repealed their mask mandates in compliance with the law, although many have strongly advised that employees and pupils don masks to safeguard the unvaccinated.

Des Moines Public Schools, one of Iowa’s biggest school districts,” stated masks will be discretionary in its own buildings, effectively immediately. On the other hand, the district will continue to”strongly encourage masks while indoors” due to the”size of our district, limited space in our buildings and the number of students still unvaccinated.”

“Face coverings are still the best method available to protect the unvaccinated,” the district said in a announcement. “Masks will continue to be required on school buses in accordance with a federal order requiring masks on all public transportation.”

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