Gov. Reynolds orders restaurants, bars, gyms, theaters to close at noon Tuesday

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DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG) - Governor Reynolds on Tuesday issued a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency, effective at noon on March 17 through March 31.

Governor Kim Reynolds provides an update about the coronavirus during a press conference on March 10. (KCCI)

This means events of more than 10 people are prohibited, according to the governor's office. Planned large gatherings must be canceled.

According to the proclamation, all restaurants and bars are closed to the public. Carry-out or drive-throughs can stay open. Food delivery services are also allowed to continue.

In addition, all fitness centers, gyms and health spas must close.

Facilities that conduct adult day services or other senior citizen centers are also ordered to close.

“These are unprecedented times and the state of Iowa will do whatever is necessary to address this public health disaster. I have authorized all available state resources, supplies, equipment and materials to combat the spread of COVID-19,” said Gov. Reynolds. “The actions taken today are necessary to protect the health and safety of all Iowans and are critical to mitigating the spread of the virus.”

The move also allows state agencies additional flexibility in responding to the unprecedented COVID-19 situation and supports the critical work of public health.

The state of disaster is in place until at least April 16.

Click or tap here to read the full proclamation.