Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed a statewide mask mandate amid soaring numbers of coronavirus cases — ending her months of unwavering opposition to what she dismissed as ineffective “feel-good” measures.
“If Iowans don’t buy into this, we lose,” Reynolds said Monday as she signed a proclamation requiring that everyone 2 or older must wear masks if they cannot keep six-feet apart when in indoor public spaces.
“Businesses will close once again. More schools will be forced to go online. Our health care system will fail and the cost in human life will be high,” she conceded in a rare evening televised address.
“So now is the time to come together for the greater good,” she said.
Reynolds had for months been one of the harshest critics of such mandates, vowing to “consistently” resist signing up to one as the Hawkeye State battled the contagion.
Her resistance was so strong she even refused to let city officials enforce local