Iowa: More retailers to suspend operations, due to COVID-19

DES MOINES, Iowa- Governor Kim Reynolds says all existing closures, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, including restaurants and bars will be extended another week, until April 7th. Reynolds is also adding a number of retail stores to the list of those suspended thru April 7th, including: bookstores, florists, clothing and shoe stores, jewelry, luggage, perfume, cosmetic, beauty supply stores, and furniture stores.

The governor is also ordering non essential and/or elective health care procedures to be delayed unless it's an emergency.

Reynolds says as of now, schools are to remain closed until April 13th, as previously stated. She says, however, that continues to be monitored.

Reynolds says the goal of the orders is to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, which has been diagnosed in 179-Iowans as of Thursday. The state has recorded one death, a resident of Dubuque.

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