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Requirements & Limitations for Cedar Rapids Businesses and Community

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Protection of Vulnerable Iowans and Use of Face Coverings

Businesses Allowed to Reopen with Outlined Requirements and Limitations:

 Direction Regarding Business Practices in Mass Gathering1 Settings:

1 Pursuant to Iowa Code § 135.144 (3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, unless otherwise modified by subsequent proclamation or order of the Iowa Department of Public Health, social, community, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings and events of more than 10 people shall continue to be prohibited at all locations and venues, including but not limited to parades, festivals, conventions, and fundraisers. 

 

Regulation of Sales of Alcohol and Financial Relief


Healthcare and Dental Related Services

 Professional Licensure Requirements

 Public Service and Government, Veterans Support, and Other Regulatory Relief

 Transporation Regulation

 Education & Youth-Related Services:

 Taxation Relief and Corporate Regulation


Implementation & Interpretation

  1. The Iowa Department of Public Safety, Iowa Department of Public Health, Iowa Department of Education, Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Iowa Department of Transportation, and other participating state agencies continue to be directed to monitor the operation and implementation of this proclamation to assure the public's health and safety.
  2. In conjunction with the Department of Public Health pursuant to Iowa Code §§ 29C.18 and 135.35, all peace officers of the state are hereby called upon to assist in the enforcement of the provisions of this Proclamation and the Proclamation issued on August 21, 2020.
  3. The provisions of this proclamation shall be effective 5:00 p.m. on September 16, 2020, unless otherwise noted. This proclamation shall not be construed to otherwise modify the proclamation issued on August 21, 2020. This state of public health disaster emergency shall continue to expire on September 20, 2020, at 11:59 p.m., unless sooner terminated or extended in writing by me.

Protection of Vulnerable Iowans and Use of Face Coverings

Effective July 24, 2020:Protection of Vulnerable IowansSee restrictions/limitations.
I continue to strongly encourage all vulnerable Iowans, including those with preexisting medical conditions and those older than 65, in all counties of the state to continue to limit their activities outside of their home, including their visits to businesses and other establishments and their participation in gatherings of any size and any purpose. And I encourage all Iowans to limit their in-person interactions with vulnerable Iowans and to exercise particular care and caution when engaging in any necessary interactions.
Effective August 27, 2020:Use of face coveringsSee restrictions/limitations.
Consistent with the recommendations of the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Iowa Board of Medicine and to assist in reducing the spread of COVIDÔ€‘19, I strongly encourage all Iowans two or older to wear a mask or other face covering when in public settings, especially in circumstances when it is not possible to remain six feet away from others outside their household, unless it is unsafe to do so because of health or disability.

Restaurants and Bars

Effective September 16, 2020:A restaurant or bar, including a wedding reception venue, winery, brewery, distillery, country club, or other social or fraternal club, may reopen or remain open to serve food and beverages on its premises.See requirements/limitations.
  1. Social distancing: The establishment must ensure at least six feet of physical distance between each group or individual dining alone. Seating at booths closer than six feet may satisfy this requirement if the booths are separated by a barrier of a sufficient height to fully separate seated customers. All patrons must have a seat at a table or bar, and an establishment must limit patrons from congregating together closer than six feet.

  2. Other social distancing, hygiene, and public health measures: The restaurant shall also implement reasonable measures under the circumstances of each restaurant to ensure social distancing of employees and customers, increased hygiene practices, and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 consistent with guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals and the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Fitness Centers

Effective July 24, 2020:A fitness center, health club, health spa, or gym may reopen or remain open, but only to the extent that it complies with the [outlined] requirements.See requirements/limitations.
  1. Social distancing: The establishment must ensure that all equipment, such as treadmills, bikes, weight machines, benches, and power racks, are spaced at least six feet apart or take other appropriate measures to ensure that more closely spaced equipment is not used.

  2. Group activities: Any group activities or classes must be limited to a number of people that permits maintaining a distance of six feet apart at all times.

  3. Other social distancing, hygiene, and public health measures: The establishment shall also implement reasonable measures under the circumstances of each establishment to ensure social distancing of employees and customers, increased hygiene practices, and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 consistent with guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Malls

Effective July 24, 2020:An enclosed mall may reopen or remain open, but only to the extent that it complies with the [outlined] requirements.See requirements/limitations.
  1. Play areas: Any play area or playground must remain closed.

  2. Social distancing, hygiene, and public health measures: The mall shall also implement reasonable measures under the circumstances of each mall to ensure social distancing of employees and customers, increased hygiene practices, and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 consistent with guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Other Retail Establishments

Effective July 24, 2020:A retail establishment may reopen or remain open.See requirements/limitations.
The retail establishment must take reasonable measures under the circumstances of each establishment to ensure social distancing of employees and customers, increased hygiene practices, and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 consistent with guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Salons and Barbershops

Effective July 24, 2020:A salon or barbershop, including any establishment providing the services of cosmetology, electrology, esthetics, nail technology, manicuring, and pedicuring, may reopen, but only to the extent that it complies with the [outlined] requirements.See requirements/limitations.
  1.  Social distancing: The salon must ensure that all customers are at least six feet apart when performing cosmetology practices or barbering services.
  2. Other social distancing, hygiene, and public health measures: The salon or barbershop shall also implement reasonable measures under the circumstances of each salon to ensure social distancing of employees and customers, increased hygiene practices, and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 consistent with guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Medical Spas

Effective July 24, 2020:A medical spa, as defined in Iowa Admin Code  653-13.8(1), may reopen or remain open to provide medical aesthetic services, but only if the medical spa complies with the requirements for performing outpatient procedures that utilize PPE.See requirements/limitations.
Medical Spas must adhere to the same PPE requirements as other health facilities in section 9, paragraph A, of Proclamation.

Tanning Facilities

Effective July 24, 2020:A tanning facility may reopen or remain open.See restrictions/limitations.
Tanning facilities must take reasonable measures under the circumstances of each establishment to ensure social distancing of employees and patrons, increased hygiene practices, and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 consistent with Guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Massage Therapy Establishments

Effective July 24, 2020:A massage therapy establishment may reopen or remain open.See restrictions/limitations.
Massage therapy establishments must take reasonable measures under the circumstances of each establishment to ensure social distancing of  employees and patrons, increased hygiene practices, and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 consistent with Guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Tattoo Establishments

Effective July 24, 2020:A tattoo establishment may reopen or remain open.See more.
Tattoo establishments must take reasonable measures under the circumstances of each establishment to ensure social distancing of employees and patrons, increased hygiene practices, and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 consistent with Guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Campgrounds

July 24, 2020:Any campground may reopen or remain open.See restrictions/limitations.
Campgrounds must take reasonable measures under the circumstances of each campground to ensure social distancing of employees or patrons, increased hygiene practices, and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 consistent with guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Race Tracks

Effective July 24, 2020: A speedway or race track, including a track conducting horse or dog races, may reopen or continue its operations, provided that the establishment complies with the [outlined] requirements.See more.
  1. Social distancing: The establishment must ensure at least six feet of physical distance between each group or individual attending alone when seated.

  2. Other social distancing, hygiene, and public health measures: The establishment shall also implement reasonable measures under the circumstances of each establishment to ensure social distancing of employees and customers, increased hygiene practices, and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 consistent with guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health and, for any food or beverage service, the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals.

Libraries

Effective July 24, 2020:A library may reopen or remain open.See restrictions/limitations.
Libraries must take reasonable measures under the circumstances of each library to ensure social distancing of employees and patrons, increased hygiene practices, and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 consistent with guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Theaters and Performance Venues

Effective July 24, 2020:Any theater or performance venue at which motion pictures are shown or live performances are held may reopen or remain open, but only to the extent that the theater complies with the [outlined] requirements. See restrictions/limitations.
  1. Social distancing: The theater or performance venue must ensure at least six feet of physical distance between each group or individual attending alone when seated in the theater.

  2. Other social distancing, hygiene, and public health measures: The theater shall also implement reasonable measures under the circumstances of each theater to ensure social distancing of employees and customers, increased hygiene practices, and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 consistent with guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health and, for any food service, the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals.

Museums, Aquariums, and Zoos

Effective July 24, 2020:A museum, aquarium, or zoo may reopen.See restrictions/limitations.
Museums, Aquariums and Zoos must take reasonable measures under the circumstances of each establishment to ensure social distancing of employees and patrons, increased hygiene practices, and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 consistent with Guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Swimming Pools

Effective July 24, 2020:A swimming pool may reopen.See restrictions/limitations.

The establishment operating the pool must take reasonable measures under the circumstances of each establishment to ensure social distancing of employees and patrons, increased hygiene practices, and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 consistent with Guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

 I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Administrative Code rule 641-15.12(1), to the extent it requires a $25 penalty for each month or fraction thereof that the registration for a swimming pool or spa is not received by the Department of Public Health by April 30 or the first business day thereafter if the pool is closed during the month. I hereby direct the Department to issue a refund to any owner having already paid a penalty under this rule for the registration period that began on May 1, 2020.

Casinos and Gaming Facilities

Effective July 24, 2020:A casino or other facility conducting pari-mutuel wagering or gaming operations may reopen or remain open, but only to the extent that it complies with the [outlined] requirements.See restrictions/limitations.
  1. The establishment must encourage social distancing by spacing gaming positions at least six feet apart, turning off alternating gaming machines, or separating positions with a barrier of sufficient height to fully separate patrons. The establishment may operate table games provided that it takes reasonable measures to reduce the risk of transmission, such as limiting the number patrons at a table, encouraging or requiring face covering of patrons or employees, providing hand sanitizer, or taking other precautions.

  2. Food and Beverage Service: The establishment shall comply with all the requirements of bars and restaurants in this Proclamation for any food and beverage service.

  3. Other social distancing, hygiene, and public health measures: The establishment shall also implement reasonable measures under the circumstances of each establishment to ensure social distancing of employees and customers, increased hygiene practices, and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 consistent with guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health and, for any food or beverage service, the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals.

Amusements

Effective July 24, 2020:A bingo hall, bowling alley, pool hall, arcade, or amusement parks may reopen.See restrictions/limitations.

The establishment must take reasonable measures under the circumstances of each establishment to ensure social distancing of employees and patrons, increased hygiene practices, and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 consistent with Guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Senior Citizen Centers and Adult Daycare Facilities

Effective July 24, 2020:A facility that conducts adult day services or other senior citizen centers may reopen, but only to the extent that the establishment complies with guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health.See more.
The establishment must ensure social distancing, increased hygiene practices, and other public health measures.

Indoor Playgrounds or Children's Play Center

Effective July 24, 2020:All indoor playgrounds or children's play center may reopen.See more.
The indoor playground or children’s play center must take reasonable measures under the circumstances of each establishment to ensure social distancing of employees and patrons, increased hygiene practices, and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 consistent with Guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Spiritual and Religious Gatherings

Effective July 24, 2020:Spiritual and religious gatherings are not prohibited by this section, but a church, synagogue, or other host of a spiritual or religious gathering shall implement reasonable measures under the circumstances of each gathering.See restrictions/limitations.

Spiritual and religious organizations must ensure social distancing of employees, volunteers, and other participants, increased hygiene practices, and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 consistent with guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Spiritual and religious gatherings, including any funerals or weddings, are not prohibited by this section.

Social, Community, Recreational, Leisure, or Sporting Gathering or Event

Effective July 24, 2020:A social, community, recreational, leisure, or sporting gathering or event of more than ten people may be held, but only if the gathering complies with all other relevant provisions in this Proclamation and the [outlined] requirements.See restrictions/limitations.
A social, community, recreational, leisure, or sporting gathering or event, including but not limited to a parade, festival, farmer’s market, auction, convention, or fundraiser, of more than ten people may be held, but only if the gathering complies with all other relevant provisions in this Proclamation and the [outlined] requirements:
  1. Social distancing: The gathering organizer must ensure at least six feet of physical distance between each group or individual attending alone.
  2. Other social distancing, hygiene, and public health measures: The gathering organizer shall also implement reasonable measures under the circumstances of each gathering to ensure social distancing of gathering participants, increased hygiene practices, and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 consistent with guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health and, for any food service, the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals.

Any social, community, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings and events of more than 10 people that does not comply with these requirements shall continue to be prohibited at all locations and venues.

Non-school Sporting and Recreational Events

Effective July 24, 2020:Practices, games, and competitions are not prohibited.See restrictions/limitations.
Events are not restricted even where athletes may have some contact within six feet, provided that the organizer of such activities and events implements reasonable measures under the circumstances of each gathering to ensure reasonable social distancing, increased hygiene practices, and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 consistent with guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Alcohol Sales

No expirationOff premise alcohol sales may continue as long as outlined requirements are met.See restrictions/limitations.
  1. Carry-out or Drive-through: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 123.30(3)(c) prohibiting a holder of a class “C” liquor control license from selling unopened bottles of wine or alcoholic liquor for consumption off premises. Class “C” licensees may continue to sell beer for consumption off premises. Beverages may be sold if promptly taken from the premises, such as on a carry-out or drive-through basis, or if the beverage is delivered to customers off the premises. This suspension shall expire upon the effective date of Division III of House File 2540, if enacted before the expiration of this proclamation

  2. Transfer of Alcohol: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 123.130(4) and Iowa Administrative Code 185-4.6(3)(c) & (e) requiring that beer sold at retail at the manufacturing premises for consumption off the premises must be in-person and transferred to another container at the time of sale. This suspension shall expire upon the effective date of Division III of House File 2540, if enacted before the expiration of this proclamation.

  3. Mixed Drinks and Cocktails: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code §§ 123.30(3)(c) and 123.49(2)(d), to the extent a class “C” liquor control license holder or a class “C” native distilled spirits liquor control license holder is prohibited from selling mixed drinks or cocktails for consumption off premises. Mixed drinks or cocktails may be sold if sealed with a lid or other method of securing the product and promptly taken from the premises prior to any consumption, such as on a carry-out or drive-through basis, or if the beverage is delivered to customers off the premises. Nothing in this provision alters or modifies the provisions of Iowa Code §§ 321.284 or 321.284A related to open containers in motor vehicles.1. Carry-out or Drive-through: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 123.30(3)(c) prohibiting a holder of a class “C” liquor control license from selling unopened bottles of wine or alcoholic liquor for consumption off premises. Class “C” licensees may continue to sell beer for consumption off premises. Beverages may be sold if promptly taken from the premises, such as on a carry-out or drive-through basis, or if the beverage is delivered to customers off the premises. Nothing in this provision alters or modifies the provisions of Iowa Code §§ 321.284 or 321.284A related to open containers in motor vehicles. This suspension shall expire upon the effective date of Division III of House File 2540, if enacted before the expiration of this proclamation

Financial Relief

Effective July 24, 2020:The following outlines financial relief with regard to alcohol sales:See restrictions/limitations.
  1. License Expiration: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 123.34(1) and Iowa Admin. Code rule 185-4.26, to the extent class “A”, class “B”, class “C”, and special class “C” liquor licenses and class “B” beer permits and class “C” wine permits expire one year from the date of issuance, unless sooner suspended or revoked. Suspension of these provisions shall extend through the duration of this Proclamation and any future extension of this suspension. I hereby direct the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division to provide guidance to licensees and permittees regarding the effect of these suspensions.

  2. Reporting Sales of Beer Barrels: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 123.137, requiring class “A” or class “A” beer permit holders to report barrels of beer sold or pay to the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division the amount of tax due on or before the tenth day of each calendar month. The associated penalty of ten percent if the report is not filed and the tax not paid within the time will not be assessed.

  3. Wine Permit: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 123.184, requiring class “A” wine permit holders and wine direct shipper permit holders to report gallons of wine sold or pay to the division the amount of tax due on or before the tenth day of each calendar month.  The associated penalty of ten percent if the report is not filed and the tax not paid within the time will not be assessed.

  4. Refund of Fees: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 123.34(5) prohibiting a refund of fees paid for a six-month or eight-month seasonal license or permit, or for fourteen-day or five-day license or permit.

  5. Raffle License Fee: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6 (6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 99B.12(1)(e) and Iowa Admin. Code 481-100.3(3) prescribing that no raffle license fees are refundable, and temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin. Code 481-100.16(1) prescribing raffles to conclude only during the period of the license.

Nonessential and Elective Surgeries and Procedures

Effective July 24, 2020:In-patient surgeries and procedures that, if further delayed, will pose a significant risk to quality of life and any outpatient surgeries or procedures may be conducted if the hospital or provider complies with the [outlined] requirements.See restrictions/limitations.
  1. A hospital or provider must have:
    • Adequate inventories of personal protective equipment (PPE) and access to a reliable supply chain without relying on state or local government PPE stockpiles to support continued operations and respond to an unexpected surge in a timely manner
    • A plan to conserve PPE consistent with guidance from the CDC and Iowa Department of Public Health

  2. A hospital or provider must have a plan for timely COVID-19 testing of symptomatic patients and staff to rapidly mitigate potential clusters of infection and as otherwise clinically indicated. Providers must comply with any relevant guidance related to testing requirements for patients and staff issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health, the CDC, or a provider’s professional specialty society. For scheduled surgeries patients should have a negative COVID-19 test performed within 72 hours of surgery date.  If a COVID-19 test is not available, a hospital or provider should consider alternative methods to determine the patient’s probability of COVID-19. If the patient has symptoms of fever, cough, or low oxygen saturation, then postponing the surgery is recommended.

  3. A hospital must continue to accept and treat COVID-19 patients and must not transfer COVID-19 patients to create capacity for elective procedures.

  4. A hospital must reserve at least 10% of intensive care unit (ICU) beds and 10% of medical/surgical beds for COVID-19 patients.

  5. A hospital or provider that begins conducting surgeries or procedures as authorized by this paragraph but is no longer able to satisfy all these requirements must cease conducting such surgeries or procedures except as authorized by paragraph B.  All hospitals and providers shall have a plan in place to monitor compliance and a transition plan to reduce or suspend procedures and surgeries as necessary.

  6. Except as provided in paragraph A, all nonessential or elective surgeries and procedures that utilize PPE must not be conducted by any hospital, outpatient surgery provider, or outpatient procedure provider, whether public, private, or nonprofit.

  7. A nonessential surgery or procedure is one that can be delayed without undue risk to the current or future health of a patient, considering all appropriate factors including, but not limited to any: (1) threat to the patient’s life if the surgery or procedure is not performed; (2) threat of permanent dysfunction of an extremity or organ system; (3) risk of metastasis or progression of staging; and (4) risk of rapidly worsening to severe symptoms.

  8. Each hospital, outpatient surgery provider, and outpatient procedure provider shall limit all nonessential individuals in surgery and procedure suites and patient care areas where PPE is required. Only individuals’ essential to conducting the surgery or procedure shall be present in such areas.
Each hospital, outpatient surgery provider, and outpatient procedure provider shall establish an internal governance structure to ensure that the principles outlined above are followed

Dental Services

Effective July 24, 2020:A dentist and his or her dental staff may resume providing any dental services if the dentist complies with the [outlined] requirements.See restrictions/limitations.
  1. All dental services are provided in compliance with the Guidelines for the Safe Transition Back to Practice adopted by the Iowa Dental Board on May 5, 2020.

  2. The dentist has adequate inventories of personal protective equipment (PPE) and access to a reliable supply chain without relying on state or local PPE stockpiles to comply with the Guidance for Returning to Work During COVID-19.

  3. The dentist has a plan to conserve PPE consistent with guidance from the CDC and Iowa Department of Public Health.

The performance of any dental procedures except in compliance with paragraph A continue to be prohibited. This order shall be enforced by Iowa Dental Board investigators or their designees who, pursuant to Iowa Code § 153.33(1)(b), shall have the powers and status of peace officers when enforcing this order.

Mandatory Screening of Healthcare Facility Staff

Effective July 24, 2020See restrictions/limitations.
Pursuant to Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to order all hospitals, nursing facilities, intermediate care facilities, residential care facilities, hospice programs, and assisted living programs to screen all staff at the beginning of their shift for fever or respiratory symptoms, absence or shortness of breath, new or change in cough, or sore throat, take the employee’s temperature, and take any preventative measures based on that screening to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the hospitals, nursing facilities, intermediate care facilities, hospice programs, residential care facilities, and assisted living programs.

Regulatory Relief to the Healthcare System

Effective July 24, 2020See restrictions/limitations.

The outlined regulatory relief to the healthcare system are as follows:

 

  1. Additional Bed Capacity: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6 (6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code §§ 135.61 through 135.73 requiring an institutional health facility to obtain a certificate of need prior to operating additional bed capacity. Suspension of these provisions is limited to the duration of this proclamation and is further limited to the provision of medical assistance and treatment of victims of this public health emergency.
  2. Resident Dental Service Requirement: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin Code rules 481-57.20(1) & 58.23(1)(a), requiring residential care facilities and nursing facilities assist residents to obtain regular and emergency dental services, to the extent those facilities continue to assist residents in obtaining emergency dental services.
  3. Group Activities Requirements: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin Code rules 481-57.23(1) & 58.26(1) requiring group activities provided by residential care facilities and nursing facilities, so long as any group activities that are conducted are in accordance with requirements published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Iowa Department of Public Health, and/or the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals.
  4. In-person Visits – Nursing Facilities: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin. Code rule 481-58.47, permitting in-person visits with residents in nursing facilities, so long as any in-person visitation is conducted in accordance with requirements published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Iowa Department of Public Health, and the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals.
  5. Paid Nutritional Assistants - Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin. Code rule 481-58.24(6)(a) and (b), requiring minimum standards for training paid nutritional assistants, to the extent that the training is performed in accordance with regulations and waivers administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
  6. Federal Waiver: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of any statute or administrative rule that impedes the implementation of a federal waiver issued by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services pursuant to section 1135 of the Social Security Act.
  7. Assisted Living Management Class: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin. Code rule 481-69.29(5) & (6) requiring a new program manager and delegating nurse in assisted living programs complete an assisted living management class and/or an assisted living nursing class within six months of employment.
  8. Tuberculosis Screening and Testing Requirement – Resident Care Facility: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin. Code rule 481-57.11(6) requiring a residential care facility screen and test an employee for tuberculosis pursuant to 481-Chapter 59 if it is not feasible for a facility to do so, to the extent the facility continues to perform and document sign/symptom review of new health care workers and residents and places the health care worker or resident on a callback list to test as soon as possible.
  9. Departmental Medication Aide Course and Exam: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin. Code rules 481-57.19(3)(c) & 64.4(9)(b) requiring a person administering medications in a residential care facility and intermediate care facility for the intellectually disabled to complete a department-approved medication aide course and pass a department-approved medication aide exam, to the extent the person has successfully completed a state-approved medication manager course and passed a state-approved medication manager exam to administer medications.
  10. Trauma Data Registry: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin. Code r 641-136.2(2) related to trauma data registry reporting by trauma care facilities within certain timeframes.  I hereby direct the Iowa Department of Public Health to provide additional guidance to trauma care facilities regarding the effect of this suspension.
  11. Trauma Education Requirement: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin. Code r 641-137.2 and 137.3 related to initial and continuing trauma education requirements for trauma team members.  I hereby direct the Iowa Department of Public Health to provide additional guidance to trauma care facilities and trauma team members regarding the effect of this suspension.
  12. Conflict of Interest - Hospital Inspectors: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 135B.9(1)(a) requiring hospital inspectors be free of conflicts of interest.
  13. Interstate Licensing Requirements: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 135B.20(1) and Iowa Admin. Code rule 481-51.1, and any statute or rule using terms defined in those provisions, defining a “doctor” and “medical staff” as requiring all doctors and medical staff be licensed to practice in this state, to the extent that individual is licensed to practice in another state or in accordance with Section 83 of this Proclamation of Disaster Emergency.
  14. Criminal History Check – Hospitals: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 135B.34 and Iowa Admin Code rule 481-51.41, requiring a hospital to complete a criminal history check prior to employment of an individual, to the extent that a hospital may employ an individual once that criminal history check is submitted, pending completion.
  15. Physical Separation of Long-Term Acute Care in Hospitals: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin Code rule 481-51.4, requiring physical separation and distinction between a long-term acute care hospital located within a general hospital, to the extent that it is not feasible for a hospital to do so.
  16. Statement of Principles: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin Code rule 481-51.6, requiring hospitals to adopt a statement of principles relating to patient rights and responsibilities, to the extent that policies shall not be require to be rewritten to accommodate waivers provided by the State or the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
  17. Required Definitions for Nurses: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin Code rule 481-51.9(1), requiring the clear definition of authority, responsibility, and function of each nurse, to the extent that there is evidence that each nurse has been assessed competent in any area where they function.
  18. Nursing Process: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin Code rule 481-51.9(2), requiring utilization of the nursing process, to the extent that it is not feasible to do so.
  19. Iowa Nursing Licensure: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin Code rule 481-51.9(4), to the extent that all nurses employed in a hospital who practice nursing as a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse must hold an active Iowa license, an active license in another state and be recognized for licensure in this state pursuant to the nurse licensure compact in Iowa Code section 152E.1, or be qualified for employment in accordance with Section 83 of this Proclamation of Disaster Emergency.
  20. Number of Licensed Healthcare Professionals: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin Code rule 481-51.9(8), requiring the nursing service to have adequate numbers of licensed registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and other personnel to provide nursing care, to the extent that the hospital has made all reasonable efforts to maintain sufficient staffing levels.
  21. Hospital Administrative and Technical Guidance: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin Code rule 481-51.9(9), requiring written policies and procedures be established for the administrative and technical guidance of the personnel in the hospital and that each employee be familiar with those policies or procedures.
  22. Medical Record and Report Maintenance: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin Code rule 481-51.12, requiring hospital medical record and report maintenance, to the extent that records shall continue to be maintained as required by federal regulation.
  23. Verbal Orders and Standing Orders: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin Code rules 481-51.14(3), 51.14(4), and 51.15, requiring procedures for authentication of verbal orders and standing orders, to the extent that hospitals comply with federal regulation related to such orders.
  24. Diet Manual Requirement: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin Code rules 481-51.20(2)(d), requiring maintenance of a current diet manual, to the extent those manuals would be maintained at surge capacity sites.
  25. Hospital Equipment: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin Code rule 481-51.22, requiring hospital equipment be selected, maintained and utilized in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications, to the extent it is not feasible to do so.
  26. Segregation of Patient Beds Requirement: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin Code rule 481-51.24(1), requiring segregation of patients’ beds, to the extent hospitals take all reasonable precautions to provide for the prevention of cross-infections and the control of communicable diseases.
  27. Tuberculosis Screening and Testing Requirement – Hospital: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin. Code rule 481-51.24(3), requiring a hospital perform a health assessment and screen and test an employee for tuberculosis pursuant to 481-Chapter 59 if it is not feasible for a hospital to do so, to the extent the hospital continues to assess new employees for infectious or communicable diseases and perform and document sign/symptom review of new health care workers and residents and places the health care worker or resident on a callback list to test as soon as possible.
  28. Hospital Written Policies and Procedures: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin Code rule 481-51.30, requiring a hospital to have written policies and procedures specifying the scope and conduct of patient care to be provided in the emergency service, to the extent that policies shall not be required to be rewritten to accommodate this public health disaster emergency.
  29. Minimum Standards of Construction – Hospitals: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin Code rule 481-51.50, requiring minimum standards of construction for hospitals, to the extent that the Department of Inspections and Appeals and State Fire Marshal’s Office have approved the location as one that sufficiently addresses safety and comfort for patients and staff.
  30. Critical Access Hospitals – Acute Care Inpatient Beds: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin Code rule 481-51.53(4), requiring critical access hospitals maintain no more than 25 acute care inpatient beds.
  31. Critical Access Hospitals – Conditions of Participation: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin Code rule 481-51.53(5), requiring critical access hospitals meet the Medicare conditions of participation as described in 42 CFR Part 485, Subpart F, to the extent waivers have been issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
  32. Nurse’s Aide Training: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin Code rule 481-58.11(1)(i), requiring a nurse aide who has not completed the state-approved 75-hour nurse’s aide program be required to participate in a structured on-the-job training program of 20 hours’ duration, to the extent that the individual has completed a comparable training course approved by the department of inspections and appeals or has completed at least 20 hours of the state-approved 75-hour nurse’s aide program and the facility has documentation that it has implemented training and supervision measures to ensure the individual’s competency in any tasks performed.
  33. CNA Exam: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin Code rule 481-58.11(1)(k), requiring that certified nurse aides who have received training other than the Iowa state-approved program must pass a challenge examination, to the extent that the individual is able to demonstrate competency in skills and techniques necessary to care for residents’ needs as required by 42 CFR § 483.35(c) and (d)(1)(i).=
  34. Healthcare Professionals - CNA Capacity Limitation: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin Code rule 441-81.13(19)(e)(2)(2), requiring that a facility not use any person working in the facility as a nurse aide for more than four months unless that person has completed a training and competency evaluation program approved by the department of inspections and appeals, to the extent that the individual is able to demonstrate competency in skills and techniques necessary to care for residents’ needs as required by 42 CFR § 483.35(c) and (d)(1)(i).
  35. Iowa Direct Care Workers Registry: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin Code rule 441-81.16(5)(b)(2)(3) and (5)(c)(5)(2), requiring that the department of inspections and appeals remove certified nurse aides from the Iowa Direct Care Workers Registry if they have performed no nursing or nursing-related services for monetary compensation for a period of 24 consecutive months, to the extent that the individual is able to demonstrate competency in skills and techniques necessary to care for residents’ needs as required by 42 CFR § 483.35(c) and (d)(1)(i).
  36. CNA Training: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin Code rule 441-81.16(3), requiring minimum standards for nurse aide training and competency evaluation programs the department of inspections and appeals may approve, to the extent that the training is performed in accordance with regulations and waivers administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
  37. Interstate Medical Exam Acceptance: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin Code rules 481-57.19(2)(f), 58.21(6)(e), 64.4(9)(d), and 65.17(1)(e) requiring a person who has written documentation of certification as a medication aide in another state complete a department-approved nurse aide competency examination and medication aide challenge examination, to the extent the individual is able to demonstrate competency in safe medication administration. 
  38. In-person Visits – Adult Day Service: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin. Code rules 481-57.26 and 67.3(6), to the extent those provisions permit in-person visits in residential care facilities or with tenants in an adult day service, so long as any in-person visitation is conducted in accordance with requirements published by the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals.
  39. Onsite Inspections: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code §§ 135C.16(1), 135C.38(1), and 135C.40(1)(a) to the extent those provisions require on-site inspections of health care facilities.
  40. Mandatory Reporting: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code §§ 232.69 and 235B.3, and any provisions of the Iowa Administrative Code implementing those chapters, to the extent they require a person who is subject to the mandatory reporting requirements of those provisions to complete a training provided by the Department of Human Services within six months of initial employment. Suspension of these provisions does not affect the requirement that a person report cases of child or dependent adult abuse to the proper authorities.

Telehealth Services

Effective July 24, 2020See restrictions/limitations.

The outlined telehealth services requirements are as follows:

 

  1. Telehealth Definition and Reimbursement: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to suspend the regulatory provision of Iowa Code chapters § 514C.34 to the extent that it excludes from the definition of telehealth the provision of services through audio-only telephone transmission, and I direct the Insurance Commissioner to use all available means, including the authority of Iowa Code §§ 505.8(1), (7), and 29C.19, to ensure that any health carrier, as defined in Iowa Code § 514J.102, shall reimburse a health care professional, as defined in Iowa Code § 514J.102, for medically necessary, clinically appropriate covered services by telehealth, as defined in § 514C.34(1) or via audio-only telephone transmission, provided to a covered person, as defined in Iowa Code § 514J.102, on the same basis and at the same rate as the health carrier would apply to the same health care services provided to a covered person by the health care professional in person for the duration of this proclamation. I also encourage all Iowa businesses to take any necessary action to remove cost-sharing or other financial barriers to the use of telehealth in their health insurance plans.

  2. Residential and Outpatient Substance Use Treatment: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6 (6), I continue to suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 147.137 and Iowa Admin. Code rule 653-13.11, rule 641-155.2, and other implementing administrative rules establishing preconditions, limitations, or restrictions on the provision of telehealth or telemedicine services, and I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin. Code rules 641-155.21(19) and 155.23(4) and other administrative rules which require face-to-face interactions with health care providers and impose requirements for residential and outpatient substance use disorder treatment and for face-to-face visitations.

Pharmacy Therapeutic Substitution

Effective July 24, 2020See restrictions/limitations.
Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 155A.32 and any implementing administrative rules to the extent they prohibit the practice of therapeutic substitution by a pharmacist without prior consent by the prescriber. Suspension of this provision shall extend through the duration of this Proclamation and any further extension of this suspension. I hereby direct the board of pharmacy to provide additional guidance to licensees regarding the effect of this suspension.

Suspension of Involuntary Discharge for Nonpayment

Effective July 24, 2020See restrictions/limitations.
Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin Code rules 481-57.14(1)(e) and 58.40(1)(c), permitting a residential care facility or nursing facility to involuntarily discharge or transfer a resident for nonpayment for the resident's stay.

Healthcare Professional Licensing Relief

Effective July 24, 2020See restrictions/limitations.

Professional licensing adherence is outlined as follows:

 

  1. Emergency Licensing: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code chapters §§ 147.2, 148.3, 148.5, 148C.3, 152.7, 152B.7A,  and any other implementing administrative rules to the extent they prohibit the practice of medicine and surgery, osteopathic medicine and surgery, nursing, respiratory care, and practice as a physician assistant for an individual who has not yet obtained an initial license, if the licensing board determines that the individual has completed sufficient education and should be granted an emergency license to practice in accordance with any guidance issued by the board. I hereby direct all regulatory agencies or boards governed by these provisions to provide additional guidance to licensees regarding the effect of these suspensions.

  2. Lapsed Licenses – Healthcare Professionals: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6 (6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 147.10 and Iowa Admin. Code rules 653-9.13(6) and 9.14, rules 655-3.7(5), rules 645-261.8, and rules 645-326.9(8), and all other implementing administrative rules which prohibit the practice of medicine and surgery, osteopathic medicine and surgery, nursing, respiratory care, and practice as a physician assistant, by a licensee whose license is inactive or lapsed.  Suspension of these provisions is limited to licenses which have lapsed or expired within the five (5) years prior to this Proclamation and is further limited to the provision of medical and nursing care and treatment of victims of this public health disaster emergency and solely for the duration of this Proclamation.
  3. Simulation Activities Substituting for Clinical Hours (Licensing Requirements): Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 152.5 and Iowa Admin. Code r. 655-2.10(7)(a), which limit the number of clinical hours that can be satisfied through simulation activities for nursing education programs.  Suspension of this provision shall extend through the duration of this Proclamation and any future extension of this suspension.  I continue to direct the nursing board to provide additional guidance to licensees regarding the effect of this suspension, including guidance on obtaining an emergency license pursuant to this Proclamation.
  4. CPR Certification – Dentistry: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin. Code rules 650-11.2(2), 11.3(2), 11.5(2), 11.6(2),13.2(2), and 20.6(2)(b)(8) requiring an applicant for initial licensure in dentistry, dental hygiene, assisting, or for a faculty permit to attest to current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

  5. Lapsed Licenses – Pharmacy Professionals: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 47.10 and Iowa Admin. Code r. 657-2.3, 2.11(2), 3.5(1), and any other implementing administrative rules which prohibit the practice of pharmacy by a pharmacist licensee whose license is inactive or lapsed, or by a pharmacy technician trainee who is unable to become nationally certified due to closed testing locations.  Suspension of these provisions is limited to pharmacist licenses which have lapsed or expired within the five (5) years prior to this Proclamation, and is limited to pharmacy technician trainees whose trainee registration expires between March 18, 2020, and July 31, 2020, and who are unable to sit for the examination due to closed testing locations, and is solely for the duration of this Proclamation.

  6. In-person Continuing Education: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code chapters 80A, 88A, 88B, 89, 89A, 90A, 91C, 99D, 99F, 100C, 100D, 101A, 103, 105, 124, 126, 135, 136B, 136C, 147, 147A, 147B, 148, 148A, 148B, 148C, 148E, 148F, 149, 151, 152, 152A, 152B, 152C, 152D, 153, 154, 154A, 154B, 154C, 154D, 154E, 154F, 155, 155A, 156, 157, 158, 159, 169, 192, 206, 272, 272C, 321, 441, 455B, 459B, 481A, 502, 522B, 535B, 542, 542B, 543B, 543D, 544A, 544B, 544C, and any provisions of the Iowa Administrative Code implementing those chapters, to the extent they impose requirements for in-person continuing education as a condition of professional license renewal or impose continuing education deadlines or requirements that are unable to be satisfied due to this Disaster Emergency. Suspension of these provisions shall extend through the duration of this Proclamation and any future extension of this suspension. I hereby direct all regulatory agencies or boards governed by these provisions to provide additional guidance to licensees regarding the effect of these suspensions.

  7. License Expiration: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code chapters 80A, 88A, 88B, 89, 89A, 90A, 91C, 99D, 99F, 100C, 100D, 101A, 103, 105, 124, 126, 135, 136B, 136C, 147, 147A, 147B, 148, 148A, 148B, 148C, 148E, 148F, 149, 151, 152, 152A, 152B, 152C, 152D, 153, 154, 154A, 154B, 154C, 154D, 154E, 154F, 155, 155A, 156, 157, 158, 159, 169, 192, 272, 272C, 321, 441, 455B, 459B, 481A, 502, 522B, 535B, 542, 542B, 543B, 543D, 544A, 544B, 544C, and any provisions of the Iowa Administrative Code implementing those chapters, to the extent they set an expiration date or renewal requirement for a professional license that expires during the duration of this Proclamation. Suspension of these provisions shall extend through the duration of this Proclamation and any future extension of this suspension. I hereby direct all regulatory agencies or boards governed by these provisions to provide additional guidance to licensees regarding the effect of these suspensions.

  8. Practical and Internship Experience Requirement: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin. Code r 281-79.16(4)(a), 645-31.6(2)(b)(12), 645-280.6(3), 645-240.6(2), 657-4.3, 645-300.3(4)(b)(2), 300.6(3)(a), and 300.6(3)(d), requiring the completion of clinical, practical, or internship experience as a condition of obtaining professional licensure to be a school administrator, mental health counselor, independent social worker, psychologist, pharmacist, or speech pathologist or audiologist. Suspension of these provisions shall extend through the duration of this Proclamation and any future extension of this suspension. I hereby direct all regulatory agencies or boards governed by these provisions to provide additional guidance to licensees regarding the effect of these suspensions.

  9. Background Checks: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa  Code §§ 272.2(17), 272C.3(1)(a), 543B.15(9), and 543D.22, and any provisions of the Iowa Administrative Code implementing those provisions, which require the completion of background checks for initial applicants as a condition of obtaining professional licensure. Suspension of these provision should apply during the duration of this Proclamation and any future extension of this suspension. I hereby direct all regulatory agencies or boards governed by these provisions to, upon the expiration of this Disaster Emergency, conduct background checks for those applicants and take any necessary action resulting from completion of those checks, up to and including revocation of licensure.
  10. Interstate Licenses – Pharmacy Professionals: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 155A.7 and any implementing administrative rules to the extent they prohibit a pharmacist who is licensed in another state from engaging in the practice of pharmacy in this state prior to obtaining an Iowa pharmacist license due to requirements that are unable to be satisfied due to this Disaster Emergency. Suspension of this provision shall extend through the duration of this Proclamation and any further extension of this suspension. I hereby direct the Board of Pharmacy to provide additional guidance regarding the effect of these suspensions.
  11. Temporary License Prior to Testing – Healthcare Professionals: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 155A.8 and any implementing administrative rules for an individual who has not yet obtained an initial license, if the board of pharmacy determines that the individual has completed sufficient education, is unable to sit for the required exams due to closed testing locations, and should be granted an emergency license to practice until such time as the individual  is able to sit for the required exams in accordance with any guidance issued by the board. I hereby direct the board of pharmacy to provide additional guidance to applicants and licensees regarding the effect of this suspension.

  12. Temporary License Prior to Testing – Dental Professionals: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin. Code rules 650-1-1.2, 650-11.5, 650-12.1, and 650-12.4 to the extent an applicant is required to complete specific examinations as a prerequisite for initial licensure as a dentist or dental hygienist, if the dental board determines that the applicant has completed sufficient education and should be granted a temporary license to practice in accordance with any guidance issued by the board. Suspension of these provisions shall extend through the duration of this Proclamation and any future extension of this suspension. I hereby direct the dental board to provide additional guidance to applicants regarding the effect of this suspension, including guidance on obtaining a temporary license. 

  13. Educational Enrollment Information and Deadline – Dental Professionals: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 135.17(3) and Iowa Administrative Code rule 641-51.12 which require each local board of health to furnish the Iowa Department of Public Health with evidence by May 31 annually that each student enrolled in school within the local board’s jurisdiction has satisfied dental screening requirements.  I hereby direct the Iowa Department of Public Health to provide additional guidance to local boards of health regarding the effect of this suspension.

  14. Ninety-one Day Nursing Examination Requirement: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin. Code r. 655-3.4(4) requiring an applicant for a nursing license to complete an examination within ninety-one days of board authorization.

  15. One Year Pharmacist License Requirement: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin. Code r. 657-2.4(2) requiring an applicant for a pharmacist license to complete all components in Iowa within a period of one year from the date the candidate passed the initial component.

  16. Interstate Mental Health Licensing: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin. Code r. 645-280.2 and 645-31.18, to the extent that they require out-of-state marital, family therapy, and mental health counselors, or social workers who provide services by telephone or other electronic means to individuals in the State of Iowa to be licensed in Iowa.

  17. Interstate Therapy Licensing: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code §§ 147.2, 148B.8, and 154B.4, and Iowa Admin. Code r. 645-201.3(4) and 645-208.3(4), to the extent that they require out-of-state physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, speech pathologists, audiologists, optometrists, podiatrists, psychologists, dietitians, hearing aid specialists, physician assistants, behavior analysts, assistant behavior analysts, orthotists, pedorthists, and prosthetists who hold an active license in another state to be licensed in Iowa to provide services by telephone or other electronic means to individuals in the State of Iowa.

EMS Provider Training and Regulatory Relief

Effective July 24, 2020See restrictions/limitations.

EMS provider training and regulation can adhere to the following:

 

  1. In-person Clinical Experience: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6), and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin. Code rule 641-131.5(1) to the extent those provisions require in-person clinical experience, so long as alternative evaluation methods are used including but not limited to scenarios, case studies, or simulations. I hereby direct the Department to provide guidance to training programs regarding the effect of these suspensions.

  2. NREMT Practical Exam: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6), and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin. Code rule 641-131.4(1)(f) to the extent those provisions require successful completion of the NREMT practical examination to be eligible for state certification, if the department determines that the candidate has completed the cognitive examination and should be granted an emergency certification to practice in accordance with any guidance issued by the department. I hereby direct the department to provide additional guidance to candidates for certification regarding the effect of these suspensions.

  3. Standards and Regulations: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin. Code rule 641-131.5(10)(d), requiring training programs meet certain standards and guidelines in applying to the department, to the extent a training program cannot comply with applicable requirements due to this disaster emergency.

  4. Court Debt Collection: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code §§ 602.8107(4)(c) and 602.8107(4)(f) to the extent those provisions require a county attorney that collects delinquent court debt satisfy applicable threshold amounts for the remainder of this fiscal year and require the state court administrator to send a notice for this fiscal year to a county attorney regarding continued eligibility in the county attorney collection program. This suspension shall expire on July 1, 2020.

Professional Engineer and Land Surveyors

Effective July 24, 2020See restrictions/limitations.
Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 542B.13 and Iowa Admin. Code r. 193C-3.1(1) and 193C-3.2, setting an application expiration date and deadline for taking certain examinations to be licensed as a professional engineer or land surveyor.

Appraisers

Effective July 24, 2020See restrictions/limitations.
Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 543D.8 and Iowa Admin. Code r 193F-3.2, 193F-5.3, and 193F-6.3 and any other implementing administrative rules establishing examination deadlines as a condition for initial licensure for appraisers.

Certified Public Accountants

Effective July 24, 2020See restrictions/limitations.
Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 542.5 and Iowa Admin. Code r 193A-3.6(1) and any other implementing administrative rules establishing an 18-month examination deadline as a condition for initial licensure for prospective certified public accountants.

Law Enforcement

Effective July 24, 2020See restrictions/limitations.
Pursuant to Iowa Code section 29C.6(6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code Chapter 80B, and any provisions of the Iowa Administrative Code implementing those chapters, to the extent they set an expiration date, certification requirements, renewal requirement, or deadline for professional certification, or specialty certifications that expire during the duration of this proclamation.  Suspension of these provisions shall extend through the duration of this Proclamation and any future extension of this suspension.  I hereby direct the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy and its Council to provide additional guidance to certified peace officers and holders of specialty certificates regarding the effect of these suspensions.

Plumbing or Mechanical Systems

Effective July 24, 2020See restrictions/limitations.
Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin. Code r. 641-29.6(3) requiring an applicant for a license as a plumbing or mechanical system professional to complete an examination within one year from the date of the application.  I hereby direct the plumbing and mechanical systems board to provide additional guidance to its applicants and licensees regarding this suspension.

Architectural License

Effective July 24, 2020See restrictions/limitations.
Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 544A.8 and Iowa Admin. Code rule 193B-2.3 establishing examination deadlines as a condition of initial licensure for architects. I hereby direct the Architectural Examining Board to provide additional guidance to applicants for initial licensure regarding the effect of these suspensions.

Real Estate License

Effective July 24, 2020See restrictions/limitations.
Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code §§ 543B.15(7) and 543B.15(8), establishing certain deadlines to complete education requirements prior to examination for initial licensure for real estate salespersons and real estate brokers. I hereby direct the Real Estate Commission to provide additional guidance to applicants for initial licensure regarding the effect of these suspensions.

General Licensing Requirements

Effective July 24, 2020See restrictions/limitations.

The following are adjustments to processes relating to professional licenses, generally:

 

  1. Annual Reporting: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code §§ 536.11(2), 536A.14(1), and 537.2304 (2), and Iowa Admin. Code rules 187-15.12, 187-16.2(1), 187-17.12, 187-19.7, requiring a licensee to file annual reports. 

  2. Background Checks: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code §§ 533A.2(7), 533D.3(7), 535B.4(2)(b), 535D.4, 536.30, 536A.32, and 543E.20(5) and Iowa Admin. Code rules 187-15.3(2), 187-16.3(2), 187-17.3(2), 187-18.2(2), 187-19.2(5), 187-20.3(2), and 187-25.2(3), which require the completion of background checks for initial applicants as a condition of obtaining professional licensure. Suspension of these provisions shall extend through the duration of this Proclamation and any future extension of this suspension. I hereby direct all regulatory agencies governed by these provisions to, upon the expiration of this Disaster Emergency, conduct background checks for those applicants and take any necessary action resulting from completion of those checks, up to and including revocation of licensure.

Food Establishment Licensure

Effective July 24, 2020See restrictions/limitations.
Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 137F.4 and Iowa Admin Code rule 481-30.3(6) requiring a food establishment renew its license within 60 days of expiration.

Public Defense

Effective July 24, 2020See restrictions/limitations.

Public defense requirements are as follows:

 

  1. Juvenile Hearings: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin. Code rule 493-12.3(1), to the extent those provisions prohibit an attorney from submitting an interim claim in a juvenile case at the continuance of a dispositional hearing or a post-dispositional review hearing. Suspension of these provisions shall not affect any other requirement related to the submission of claims to the state public defender for review, approval, and payment. . This suspension shall expire on July 31, 2020.

  2. Adult Hearings: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin. Code rule 493-12.3(4), to the extent those provisions prohibit an attorney from submitting an interim claim in other cases, including all adult criminal cases except Class A felony cases, at the continuance of trial. Suspension of these provisions shall not affect any other requirement related to the submission of claims to the state public defender for review, approval, and payment.

Veterans Assistance

Effective July 24, 2020See restrictions/limitations.
Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health and at the request on behalf of a county commission on veteran affairs, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code §§ 35A.16(3) and 35B.6, and any provisions of the Iowa Administrative Code implementing those provisions, to the extent a county is prohibited from expending an allocation from the county commissions of veteran affairs fund for the current fiscal year 2020 or fiscal year 2021 to provide services to veterans in coping with this disaster, including but not limited to the provision of food or other basic necessities.

Veterans Staff Certification

Effective July 24, 2020See restrictions/limitations.
Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6), and at the request on behalf of a county commission of veteran affairs, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 35B.6(1)(c) and Iowa Admin. Code rules 801-7.2(2) and 801-7.2(3)(c), to the extent an executive director or administrator is required to complete a course of certification training within one year of employment.

Suspension of Paper Bidding Process

Effective July 24, 2020See restrictions/limitations.
Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, and at the request of the City of Des Moines and the Iowa League of Cities on behalf of numerous local governmental bodies, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code chapter 26 to the extent they require the distribution, receipt, opening, or recording of paper documents by a governmental entity under the Iowa Construction Bidding Procedures Act, so long as the governmental entity otherwise complies with those provisions of chapter 26 by electronic means, including but not limited to the use of an electronic public bidding service.

Electronic Search Warrant Returns of Service

Effective July 24, 2020See restrictions/limitations.
Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health and at the request of the Iowa Judicial Branch, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 808.8(2) requiring a peace officer’s statement on a return of service to be made under oath, to the extent that a peace officer may use electronic means to file the return of service and submit an inventory of seized property, subject to any processes and procedures established by the judicial branch.

Electronic Hearings and Meeting

Effective July 24, 2020See restrictions/limitations.
Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6), and at the request of the Iowa League of Cities on behalf of numerous local governmental bodies, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code §§ 21.8, 26.12, and 414.12, or any other statute imposing a requirement to hold a public meeting or hearing, to the extent that the statutes could be interpreted to prevent a governmental body from holding the meeting by electronic means, provided that the governmental body properly notices the meeting or hearing and includes a telephone conference number or website address that permits the public to participate in the meeting or hearing. I also temporarily suspend those statutes to the extent they could be interpreted to prevent a governmental body from limiting the number of people present at an in-person location of the meeting, provided that the governmental body provides a means for the public to participate by telephone or electronically as provided in this section.

In-Person Open Records Examination: Lawful Custodian

Effective July 24, 2020See restrictions/limitations.

Lawful Custodian: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health and at the request of the Iowa League of Cities on behalf of numerous local governmental bodies, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 22.4 to the extent those provisions require a lawful custodian of records to maintain office hours to receive in-person record requests, so long as the custodian has posted clear direction for making requests in writing, by telephone, or by electronic means in a prominent place that is easily accessible to the public.

Notarization and Witnessing

Effective July 24, 2020See restrictions/limitations.
Physical Presence: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code §§ 144B.3, 633.279, and 633B.105, to the extent that they require the physical presence of a testator, settlor, principal, witness, or other person, if the person is present in a manner in which the witness or other person can see and hear the acts by electronic means, such as video conference, Skype, Facetime, Zoom, or other means, whether or not recorded.

Foster Care Review

Effective July 24, 2020See restrictions/limitations.
Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 237.20(1)(a)(1)-(5) to the extent those provisions require any in-person case review of a child receiving foster care.

Child Protection Interview

Effective July 24, 2020See restrictions/limitations.
Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin. Code rule 641-94.2, and any rule using the term “forensic interview” as defined in that provision, to the extent a forensic interview must be conducted face to face.

Suspension of New Elevator Standards

Effective July 24, 2020See restrictions/limitations.
Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin. Code rules 875-72.10 and 73.1, to the extent they set an enforcement date of May 1, 2020, for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Safety Code for Existing Elevators and Escalators, A17.3 (2011).

Depopulation and Disposal of Livestock

Effective July 24, 2020See restrictions/limitations.
Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(8) and (10), I continue to direct the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship to create and implement a program to provide financial assistance to livestock producers for the cost of disposal for livestock that were depopulated due to market disruption caused by COVID-19. I further direct the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship to provide technical assistance and equipment, to the extent any is available, to assist livestock producers related to livestock depopulation and disposal efforts due to market disruption caused by COVID-19. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship shall cooperate in these efforts with other state and federal agencies, including but not limited to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the Iowa Department of Transportation, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Any financial assistance provided under this section shall be used only for the costs of disposal of livestock and shall not be used for indemnity payments or considered to be an indemnity program.

Weapons Permitting Procedures

Effective July 24, 2020See restrictions/limitations.

The following applies to the awarding of weapons permits:

 

  1. Personal Delivery of Applications: Pursuant to Iowa Code section 29C.6(6) and 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code section 724.18 requiring personal delivery of applications for permits to acquire pistols or revolvers and direct that each sheriff’s office to formulate and implement a policy for the procedure for accepting applications for permits to acquire pistols or revolvers and applications for permits to carry weapons that shall include in-person drop-off without involving in-person interactions between the public and staff, acceptance by mail, and to the extent practical by electronic means.

  2. Carry Permits: Pursuant to Iowa Code section 29C.6(6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code sections 724.6, 724.7, and 724.20 regarding professional and nonprofessional permits to carry and permits to acquire pistols or revolvers, in that, for State purposes only, the permit to carry weapons will not expire during this Proclamation.  This suspension will not extend to the ability of the permits to be used to purchase, in lieu of a NICS check, once the permit is past its original expiration date.

Drinking Drivers Course

Effective July 24, 2020See restrictions/limitations.
Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin. Code r. 281-21.31 to the extent it requires instructional courses for drinking drivers to be delivered in person rather than online.

Unattended Fueling Dispenser - Public Phone

Effective July 24, 2020See restrictions/limitations.
Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin. Code r. 661-221.3, that require an unattended fueling dispenser to provide a public phone.

Applicators

Effective July 24, 2020See restrictions/limitations.

The following regulation relief applies to applicators:

 

  1. Certification: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 206.5(2)(a) solely as it applies to commercial applicators, public applicators, and private applicators who were certified applicators as of December 31, 2019.

  2. Regulatory Previsions: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 206.5(4) requiring a commercial public or private applicator to be certified to apply pesticides so long as the applicator is under the direct supervision of a certified applicator. This suspension shall not apply to aerial applicators. Suspension of this provision shall apply during the duration of this Proclamation and any future extension of this suspension.

Application of Pesticides

Effective July 24, 2020See restrictions/limitations.

The following provisions apply to the application of pesticides:

  1. Licensing Provisions: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 206.6(1) requiring licensure to engage in the business of applying pesticides to the lands or property of another, to the extent that a person may engage in the business of applying pesticides to the property of another with nonrestricted general use pesticides indoors and for the sole purpose of disinfecting or sanitizing areas where humans live, work, or congregate. Suspension of this provision does not exempt a person from acquiring any other license or certification required under Iowa Code chapter 206.
  2. Commercial Applicators: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 206.5(4) requiring a commercial applicator who applies pesticides to agricultural land to be certified so long as the applicator meets the requirements of a private applicator. This suspension shall not apply to aerial applicators. Suspension of this provision shall apply during the duration of this Proclamation and any future extension of this suspension.

Retired Public Disaster Responders

Effective July 24, 2020See restrictions/limitations.

The following applies to retired public disaster responders:

 

  1. Repayment or Reduction of Member Retirement Allowance: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Department of Public Health, and at the request of the Iowa League of Cities on behalf of numerous local governmental bodies, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code §§ 97B.48A and 97B.52A to the extent those provisions require the repayment or reduction of a member’s retirement allowance if the member is reemployed or returns to employment during the pendency of this Disaster Emergency as a licensed health care professional employed by a hospital licensed pursuant to chapter 135B, any state or local government public health employee, any “protection occupation” as defined by Iowa Code § 97B.49B(1)(e), or any sheriff or deputy sheriff as defined by Iowa Code § 97B.49C(1)(b) or (c).

  2. Retired Police and Firefighter Benefits: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Department of Public Health, and at the request of the Iowa League of Cities on behalf of numerous local governmental bodies, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code §§ 411.3(3), 411.6(1)(c), and 411.21(3), to the extent those provisions limit a retired police officer or firefighter from continuing to receive service retirement allowances, without interruption, if reemployed as a police officer or firefighter during the pendency of this Disaster Emergency.

State Agency Operation

Effective July 24, 2020See restrictions/limitations.

The following applies to state agency operations:

 

  1. Response Plans: As required by Iowa Code § 29C.6 (1), (10) and 42 U.S.C. § 5170 in cases of Presidential Disaster Declarations, this Proclamation of Disaster Emergency continues to activate the disaster response and recovery aspects of the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management’s Iowa Emergency Response Plan and those additional response plans applicable to the counties affected by this disaster and authorizes the use and deployment of all available state resources, supplies, equipment, and materials as are reasonably necessary to assist those citizens located in the disaster affected counties.

  2. Resources and Supplies: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6 (1) and (10), I continue to activate the public health response and recovery aspects of the state disaster emergency plan applicable to this public health disaster and authorize the use and deployment of all available state resources, supplies, equipment, and materials as are reasonably necessary pursuant to those plans to assist those citizens located in the counties subject to this proclamation.

  3. Public Health Response: I continue to direct the Iowa Department of Public Health, in conjunction with whatever further direction I provide, to take those reasonable and necessary actions authorized by Iowa Code § 135.144 to address this public health disaster, including but not limited to mobilizing as many public health response teams as are necessary to supplement and support disrupted or overburdened local medical and public health personnel, hospitals, and resources, as allowed by Iowa Code § 135.143 and 641 Iowa Admin. Code 113.2 (1), with the understanding that the registered members of those public health response teams providing assistance under this authority shall receive the protections and benefits of state employees as allowed by law.  
      
  4. Over-Time: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6 (6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin. Code rule 11-53.11(3) prohibiting pay to those State of Iowa employees for hours worked in excess of 40 hours per workweek while present in the State’s Emergency Operations Center or otherwise engaged in assigned disaster response missions or other activities.

  5. Public Health Virus Prevention: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6 (8) and (10), I continue to order all state agencies to utilize such personnel, equipment, and facilities as necessary to assist the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in performing any and all activities necessary to prevent, contain, and mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 virus.

  6. Temporary Employees: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 8A.413(12) and Iowa Admin. Code rules 11-57.4 and 11-57.7 that limit the number of hours per fiscal year for temporary employees in state agencies, and the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 20.4(5) to the extent it limits the period of time a temporary employee may work in state agencies as an excluded public employee. 

  7. Goods and Services Procurement: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code chapters 8A and 8B, Iowa Code § 313.10, Iowa Admin. Code Chapters 11-117, 11-118, 129-10, 641-176, requiring the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and other state agencies involved in the response to this disaster emergency to procure goods and services through a competitive selection process or to otherwise follow, adhere to, or obtain other procurement-related processes, procedures, approvals, or limitations. Suspension of these provisions is limited to the duration of this proclamation and is further limited to procurements which are necessary to prevent, contain, or mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 virus, facilitate telework by state employees, and mitigate and respond to increased cyber-attacks and threats.

Critical Trucking Operations

Effective July 24, 2020See restrictions/limitations.

Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6 (6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code §§ 321.463 (6) (a) and (b) and 321E.29 and Iowa Admin. Code chapter 761-511, to the extent that those provisions restrict the movement of oversize and overweight loads of vaccines, antivirals, prescription drugs, protective equipment, other necessary medical assets food, medical supplies, cleaning products, other household goods, agricultural supplies and commodities (including, but not limited to, livestock, raw milk, and crop supplies), agricultural waste (including, but not limited to, animal carcasses), or any other goods and supplies necessary to respond to this public health disaster and its economic effects and require a permit to transport such loads.

 

Conditions of Suspension:

 

  1. Weight: Suspension of these provisions applies to loads transported on all highways within Iowa, excluding the interstate system, and those which do not exceed a maximum of 90,000 pounds gross weight, do not exceed the maximum axle weight limit determined under the non-primary highway maximum gross weight table in Iowa Code §321.463 (6) (b), by more than twelve and one-half percent (12.5%), do not exceed the legal maximum axle weight limit of 20,000 pounds, and comply with posted limits on roads and bridges.

  2. Permit Enforcement: This action is intended to allow vehicles transporting food, medical supplies, cleaning products, and other household goods to be oversize and overweight, not exceeding 90,000 pounds gross weight, without a permit, but only for the duration of this proclamation.

  3. Hours of Service: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and 49 CFR § 390.23, I continue to  temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 321.449 pertaining to hours of service of motor carriers and drivers of commercial motor vehicles, while transporting vaccines, antivirals, prescription drugs, protective equipment, other necessary medical assets food, medical supplies, cleaning products, other household goods, agricultural supplies and commodities (including, but not limited to, livestock, raw milk, and crop supplies), agricultural waste (including, but not limited to, animal carcasses), and any other goods and supplies necessary to respond to this public health disaster and its economic effects subject to the following condition: 

    • Nothing contained in this Proclamation shall be construed as an exemption from the controlled substances and alcohol use and testing requirements set out in 49 CFR Part 382, the commercial drivers’ license requirements set out in 49 CFR Part 383, the financial responsibility requirements set out in 49 CFR Part 387, or any other portion of the Code of Federal Regulations not specifically identified in this Proclamation.

    • No motor carrier operating under the terms of this agreement shall require or allow a fatigued or ill driver to operate a motor vehicle.  A driver who informs a carrier that he or she needs immediate rest shall be given at least ten consecutive hours off duty before the driver is required to return to service.

    • Upon the request of a driver, a commercial motor carrier operating under this proclamation must give the driver at least thirty-four (34) consecutive hours off when the driver has been on duty for more than seventy (70) hours during any eight (8) consecutive days.

    • Motor carriers that have an out-of-service order in effect may not take advantage of the relief from regulations that this proclamation provides under title 49 CFR § 390.23.

    • Upon the expiration of this Proclamation, or when a driver has been relieved of all duty and responsibility to transport necessary medical assets under the conditions of this Proclamation, a driver who has had at least thirty-four (34) consecutive hours off duty shall be permitted to start the driver’s on-duty status hours with the 60/70 hour clock at zero.

    • This portion of this Proclamation of Disaster Emergency applies only to hours of service of motor carriers and drivers of commercial motor vehicles while actively transporting the items identified in this section for the duration of this proclamation related to the COVID-19 event.

  4. Oversize or Overweight Loads: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code §§ 321.463(3), 321E.2, 321E.8, and 321E.9 that limit issuance of permits for oversize or overweight loads to loads which are indivisible, to allow annual permits issued under Iowa Code § 321E.8 and single-trip permits issued under § 321E.9 to be issued for loads which are divisible and related to responding to and recovering from this disaster. I further waive for vehicle and loads, whether divisible or indivisible, the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 321E.12 that require the vehicle traveling under a permit to be registered for the gross weight of the vehicle and load and the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 321E.14 that require the payment of a fee for a permit issued for a vehicle and load related to responding to and recovering from this disaster. The provisions of this paragraph apply only when the movement of the vehicle and load is related to responding to and recovering from this disaster. The movement of any vehicle or load under this paragraph must comply with all other requirements of Chapter 321E of the Iowa Code and of the permit issued, other than as suspended in this proclamation. The provisions of this paragraph relating to the permitting and movement of divisible loads authorize the movement of such loads on all highways of this state, excluding the interstate system.

  5. The Iowa Department of Transportation is hereby directed to monitor the operation of this proclamation to assure the public’s safety and facilitate the movement of trucks involved in transporting vaccines, antivirals, prescription drugs, protective equipment, other necessary medical assets food, medical supplies, cleaning products, other household goods, agricultural supplies and commodities (including, but not limited to, livestock, raw milk, and crop supplies).

Motor Vehicle Registration Relief

Effective July 24, 2020See restrictions/limitations.

The following applies to motor vehicle registration:

  1. Driver’s License Issuance and Renewal: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6 (6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 321.196 prescribing that a driver’s license issued to a person age seventy-two or older expires after two years.  Suspension of this provision is limited to driver’s licenses which have expired within the 60 days prior to this Proclamation or during the duration of this Proclamation or any subsequent extension of this proclamation. And upon the expiration of the terms of this Proclamation or any subsequent extension of this proclamation, the statutory sixty-day period for renewing shall resume. This suspension shall not apply if the person is not eligible for a license due to the person’s license being suspended, revoked, denied or barred for any reason or if the person is physically or mentally incapable of operating a motor vehicle safely. Iowans should not expect this suspension to be extended beyond August 23, 2020.

  2. Expired Driver’s License Regulation: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6 (6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 321.174A prescribing that a person shall not operate a motor vehicle on the highways of this state with an expired driver’s license as applied to a person whose driver’s license is expired. Suspension of this provision is limited to driver’s licenses which have expired within the 60 days prior to this Proclamation or during the duration of this Proclamation or any subsequent extension of this proclamation. And upon the expiration of the terms of this Proclamation or any subsequent extension of this proclamation, the statutory sixty-day period for renewing shall resume. Iowans should not expect this suspension to be extended beyond August 23, 2020.

School Year 2020-2021

Effective July 24, 2020:In Person InstructionSee restrictions/limitations.
Under Iowa law, “in-person instruction is the presumed method of instruction” for all school districts and accredited nonpublic schools during the 2020-2021 school year.

I continue to direct that all state agencies, school districts, and other local governmental bodies and agencies shall take all efforts to prepare to safely welcome back students and teachers to school in-person this fall. These efforts shall also ensure that schools have the flexibility to continue providing education remotely if it becomes necessary and that parents have the option to select a learning model for their children that best meets the needs of their family. But the best interests of students and families requires that our schools are prepared to provide a structured, safe, and enriching academic environment.
Effective July 24, 2020:Authorization of Certain Remote LearningSee restrictions/limitations.

Pursuant 2020 Iowa Acts Chapter 1107 (Senate File 2310), section 15, subsection 1, I continue to authorize a brick-and-mortar school district or accredited nonpublic school to provide instruction primarily through remote-learning opportunities only in the [outlined] circumstances.

 

So long as any remote learning is provided in accordance with a compliant Return-to-Learn plan and is authorized in this section or is not the primary method of instruction (because at least half of the school district or accredited nonpublic school’s instruction is provided in-person during any two-week period), any instructional time provided by remote learning shall count towards the hours and days requirements of Iowa law as provided for by 2020 Iowa Acts Chapter 1107 (Senate File 2310), section 9. 

Conditions which schools may authorize remote learning:

  1. Parental consent: If a parent or guardian voluntarily selects the remote learning opportunity from among multiple options provided by the school district or nonpublic school in accordance with its Return-to-Learn Plan.

  2. Approved temporary school building or district closure: If the Iowa Department of Education, in consultation with the Iowa Department of Public Health, approves of the temporary move to primarily remote learning for an entire school building or district because of public health conditions in the building or district.

  3. Temporary remote learning for individual students or classrooms: If the school district or accredited nonpublic school determines, in consultation with state and local public health departments, that individual students or classrooms, but not all the students in a school building, must temporarily move to primarily remote learning because of public health conditions in the building.

  4. Temporary remote learning because of inclement weather: If the school district or accredited nonpublic school determines that an entire school building or district must temporarily move to primarily remote learning because of inclement weather for a period not exceeding five consecutive school days unless the Iowa Department of Education approves of a longer period. 

Education Field Experience Flexibility

Effective July 24, 2020See restrictions/limitations.
Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6 (6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 256.16(1)(a)(2)(d) and (m) and Iowa Admin. Code rules 281-77.10 (9), 281-79.14(5), and 281-79.14(7), to the extent that they require a minimum number of hours of field experience if the higher education institution providing practitioner preparation program determines that the student has completed sufficient field experience to determine that the student should be recommended for licensure.

Temporary Teacher Licensure

Effective July 24, 2020See changes to regulatory provisions.

Pursuant to Iowa Code §§ 29C.6(6) and 135.144(3), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code section 272.2(22) and Iowa Admin. Code rule 282-13.6(1) requiring an applicant for a one-year temporary license to provide the board of educational examiners proof of an offer of a teaching position from a school district that can show it has made every reasonable and good faith effort to employ a teacher licensed under Chapter 272, so that the Board of Educational Examiners may issue a one-year temporary license to new teachers unable to complete the requirements for initial licensure as a result of this public health disaster emergency.

Education Workforce Licensure Relief: Substitute Instruction

Effective July 24, 2020See changes to regulatory provisions.
  1. Number of day limitation for substitute teachers: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin. Code rule 282-22.2, limiting the number of consecutive days and the total number of days in a 30-day period that a person may serve as a substitute teacher during one job assignment, and of Iowa Admin. Code rule 282-13.16(2) limiting the number of days of teaching in one assignment during a school year. For the duration of this disaster proclamation and any extension of this suspension, a substitute authorization or substitute license shall allow an individual to substitute in grades pre-kindergarten through 12, except in a driver’s education classroom for any length of time.

  2. Required education for substitute teachers: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin. Code rule 282-22.2(1)(a)(2), requiring a baccalaureate degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution to be issued a substitute authorization, but only to the extent that the applicant instead has achieved an associate’s degree or completed 60 semester hours of college coursework from a regionally accredited institution.

  3. Age requirement for substitute teachers: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 272.2(14)(b)(2) and Iowa Admin. Code rule 282-22.2(1)(a)(3), requiring the applicant to be at least twenty-one years of age, but only to the extent that the applicant is at least twenty years of age.

  4. Additional allowances for para-educators with substitute certification: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 272.12 and Iowa Admin. Code rule 282-22.2, limiting the holder of a paraeducator certificate with a substitute authorization appearing on the certificate to substituting only in the special education classroom in which the paraeducator is employed. For the duration of this disaster proclamation and any extension of this suspension, a paraeducator who holds or obtains a substitute authorization on a paraeducator certificate may substitute in any classroom in grades pre-kindergarten through 12, except in a driver’s education classroom.

  5. Career and technical education instructors as substitute teachers: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin. Code rules 282-13.16(3), 22.2, 22.9, and any other Iowa law that would prohibit the holder of a career and technical secondary authorization or an initial career and technical secondary authorization who has completed at least one year of teaching experience employed by a school district from serving as a substitute teacher in any classroom in grade pre-kindergarten through 12, except in a driver’s education classroom. For the duration of this disaster proclamation and any extension of this suspension, the holder of a career and technical secondary authorization or an initial career and technical secondary authorization who has completed at least one year of teaching experience employed by a school district may substitute in any classroom in grades pre-kindergarten through 12, except in a driver’s education classroom without any further authorization from the Board of Educational Examiners. 

  6. Guidance for substitute teaching allowances: The Board of Educational Examiners shall provide guidance to school districts and individuals interested in serving as a substitute teacher about these expanded opportunities to assist in providing the necessary education workforce across Iowa.

Iowa Youth Survey

Effective July 24, 2020See changes to regulatory provisions.
Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 135.11(28) requiring administration of the Iowa youth survey every two years to students in grades six, eight, and eleven in Iowa’s public and nonpublic schools.  I continue to direct the Iowa Department of Public Health to provide guidance to Iowa’s public and nonpublic schools regarding administration of the survey in 2021.

School Start Date for 2020–2021 School Year

Effective July 24, 2020See restrictions/limitations.
Pursuant to Iowa Code §§ 29C.6(6) and 135.144(3), in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, and at the request of Iowa Association of School Boards on behalf of numerous local governmental bodies, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 279.10(1), to the extent that it prohibits a school district or accredited nonpublic school from beginning its school calendar before August 23, 2020, but only if the school district adopts a calendar as a part of its Return to Learn Plan submitted to the Iowa Department of Education that ensures that any instructional time scheduled before August 23, 2020, is in excess of the minimum instructional time of one hundred eighty days or one thousand eighty hours. This suspension applies only to the 2020-2021 school calendar as a result of the school closures ordered during this public health disaster emergency.

Private Instruction Requirements

Effective July 24, 2020:Private instruction requirements have been adjusted in the outlined areas.See restrictions/limitations.
  1. Face to Face Instruction (privately retained instructors): Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Administrative Code rule 281-31.3(3)(a), requiring face-to-face contact between children receiving competent private instruction from privately retained licensed practitioners and those practitioners.
  2. Face to Face Instruction (home assistance teachers): Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Administrative Code rule 281-31.4(3)(a), requiring face-to-face contact between children receiving competent private instruction from home school assistance program teachers and those teachers.
  3. Governing Provisions: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code section 299A.1(2)(b) and Iowa Administrative Code rules 281-31.1(2)(b) and 281-31.11, governing the provision of independent private instruction, to the extent those provisions impose any requirement for in-person instruction.

Interscholastic Athletics Requirements

Effective July 24, 2020:Interscholastic athletics requirements have been adjusted in the outlined areas.See restrictions/limitations.
  1. Scholarship Rule: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Administrative Code rule 281-36.15(2), the scholarship rule for interscholastic athletics.  When school resumes and athletic competitions resume, all student athletes will be deemed to be academically eligible.

  2. School Day Ineligibility: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Administrative Code rule 281-36.15(3) and (4), the transfer rule for interscholastic athletics, to the extent that these subrules require a certain number of school days of ineligibility.  Any day that a school is closed pursuant to a proclamation of the Governor shall be counted toward the days required by Iowa Administrative Code rule 281-36.15(3) and (4).

School Ready Funding Limitation

Effective July 24, 2020See restrictions/limitations.
Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and at the request of the Early Childhood Iowa State Board on behalf of Early Childhood Iowa Area Boards, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 256I.9(4)(e), to the extent it limits the amount of school ready children grant funding an area board may carry forward from fiscal year 2020 to fiscal  year 2021 to twenty percent, but only if the amount does not exceed thirty-five percent consistent with any policy adopted by the Early Childhood Iowa State Board. This suspension shall expire on July 1, 2020.

Apprenticeship Instruction

Effective July 24, 2020See restrictions/limitations.
Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 15B.4, to the extent they limit the use of online instruction in determining contact hours for apprenticeship sponsors or lead apprenticeship sponsors. Suspension of this provision is limited only to instruction provided during the duration of this Proclamation or any subsequent extension of this suspension.

High School Equivalency Testing

Effective July 24, 2020See restrictions/limitations.
Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin. Code rule 281-32.7(1), requiring an applicant to retake a high school equivalency degree test if he or she has not earned a high school equivalency degree within five years of taking the first subtest. Suspension of these provisions shall apply during the duration of this Proclamation or any future extension of this suspension.

Community College Hours of Instruction

Effective July 24, 2020See restrictions/limitations.
Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin. Code rule 281-21.2(12)(i)-(m) which set minimum contact-hour requirements for community college instruction, but only to the extent that the community college notifies the Department of Education of any modification consistent with the Department's guidance . Suspension of these provisions shall apply during the duration of this Proclamation or any future extension of this suspension.

Community College Maximum Teaching Load

Effective July 24, 2020See restrictions/limitations.
Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 260C.48(2) and Iowa Admin. Code rule 281-24.5(2), providing a maximum teaching load for community college instructors, but only to the extent that a community college administration assigning an instructor a teaching load above the maximum credit load maintains written documentation that the instructor and community college administration mutually consented to the additional assignments.

Property Tax Payment Relief

Effective July 24, 2020See restrictions/limitations.
Pursuant to Iowa Code §29C.6(6) and 135.144(3), in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, and at the request of multiple counties, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 445.39 and Iowa Admin. Code rule 701-75.3, that require the imposition of penalty and interest for delay in payment and direct that no such penalty or interest may be imposed for the duration of this proclamation and any future extension of this suspension. Taxpayers should not expect that this suspension will be extended beyond July 31, 2020. No interest shall accrue under those provisions for any fraction of July 2020.

Extension of Right of Redemption After Tax Sales

Effective July 24, 2020. No interest shall accrue under those provisions for any fraction of July 2020., 2020See restrictions/limitations.

The following tax extension apply as follows:

  1. Tax Sale: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code §§ 446.2, 446.7(1), 446.9, 446.10(2), 446.15, 446.16, 446.17, 446.18, 446.19, 446.19A, 446.19B, 446.24, 446.25, and 446.28, requiring a county treasurer to hold a tax sale for any parcel on which taxes are delinquent, including all notice and publication requirements prior to such a sale. Taxpayers should not expect that this suspension will be extended beyond July 31, 2020. No fraction of July 2020 shall be used to calculate the amount of interest due under those provisions. Consistent with Iowa Code § 446.28, the county treasurer shall have the sole discretion to determine if any tax sale in a county that was not held in June can be held in a particular month or must be further delayed.

  2. Delinquent Taxes: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code §§ 446.20(1) and 445.3(5), permitting a county treasurer to collect the total amount of delinquent taxes due by alternative remedy, including by personal judgment. Taxpayers should not expect that this suspension will be extended beyond July 31, 2020. No fraction of July 2020 shall be used to calculate the amount of interest due under those provisions.

  3. Notice of Right of Redemption Expiration: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code §§ 446.20(2), 447.9, and 447.12, to the extent that a person’s right of redemption expires if the person has been served a notice of expiration of the right of redemption. Nothing in this section affects the ability of a holder of a certificate of purchase to serve a notice of expiration of the right of redemption, and nothing in this section restricts or limits a person’s right to redeem during the pendency of this disaster. Taxpayers should not expect that this suspension will be extended beyond July 31, 2020. Upon expiration of this suspension, the right of redemption shall again expire as provided for in Iowa Code § 447.12.
  4. Deed: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code §§ 448.1(1), requiring a county treasurer to make out a deed immediately after the expiration of ninety days from the date of completed service of a notice of expiration of the right of redemption. Taxpayers should not expect that this suspension will be extended beyond July 31, 2020. Upon expiration of this suspension, the statutory time period to make out a deed shall resume as provided for in Iowa Code § 448.1.
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