COVID-19 Current Proclamations Dubuque County Mask Mandate
Today, Gov. Reynolds signed a new Public Health Disaster proclamation that relaxes existing public health measures effective Sunday, February 7th, 2021 while continuing critical regulatory relief to those on the frontlines of COVID19 recovery for an additional 30 days.
The proclamation strongly encourages Iowans, businesses, and organizations to take reasonable public health measures consistent with guidance from the Iowa Department of Public Health.
The proclamation is also modified to reflect changes due to the passage of Senate File 160 and extends the waiver on transportation restrictions for overweight loads.
The proclamation can found online here.
Every person in Dubuque County three (3) years of age or older must wear a face covering that covers the person’s nose and mouth when in a public place as follows:
1. In public, as opposed to being in one’s place of residence, when one cannot stay six (6) feet away from others;
2. Inside of any indoor public settings, for example, but not limited to:
● Grocery stores
● Hardware stores
● Retail stores
3.Other public settings that are not one’s place of residence and when with persons who do not live in the household;
● Outside, if keeping six (6) feet away from others is not possible; and
● Using public transportation or a private car service (including taxis, ride share, or carpooling).
4. All businesses that are open to the public must post signs at the entrance(s) informing customers of the requirement to wear a face covering while inside their business, as stated in this Resolution. Face coverings must be provided by the businesses for customers who do not have their own. The following persons are exempt from wearing a face covering:
● Persons younger than three (3) years of age due to the risk of suffocation
● Anyone who has trouble breathing or is on oxygen therapy or a ventilator
● Anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the face covering without assistance
● Anyone actively engaged in a public safety role, including but not limited to law enforcement, firefighters, or emergency medical personnel, although a mask should be worn if possible.
5. Places and times where persons are exempt from wearing a face covering:
● While traveling in a personal vehicle alone or with household members
● While a person is alone or in the presence of only household members
● While outside, if keeping six (6) feet away from others is possible
● While exercising at moderate or high intensity such as jogging, biking, swimming, or being in or around a body of water.
● While seated at a food establishment in the process of eating or drinking
● While obtaining a service that would require temporary removal of the person’s face covering
● When federal or state law prohibits wearing a face covering or requires the removal of the face covering.
The Dubuque County Board of Health continues to strongly encourage citizens to adjust to life with COVID-19 in an open economy, prior to the availability of a vaccine, by:
1) Regularly washing your hands for twenty (20) seconds and routinely sanitizing frequently touched surfaces;
2) Practicing social and physical distancing whenever possible; and
3) Monitoring your personal health and if you are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to a positive COVID-19 case, staying home and contacting your medical provider.
The provision of any prior proclamations shall continue until modified, rescinded, or extended. This resolution shall remain in place until modified, rescinded, extended, or until March1, 2021. This resolution of emergency and public danger is part of an ongoing response of the Dubuque County Board of Health to an ever-changing situation to protect public health and safety. This proclamation may be modified or superseded at any time as circumstances warrant. Please be aware these decisions have been made based upon the information available today.