CBS2 reports that Governor Reynolds announced the expanded disaster declaration during a Sunday afternoon news conference at the state emergency operations center.
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced Monday a plan to provide grants up to $25,000 to small businesses affected the by the COVID - 19 pandemic. The mandatory closures were effective at 10 p.m. Sunday and also apply to spas, tanning facilities and massage therapy establishments. She also suspended foreclosures on residential, commercial and agriculture properties.
Iowa's new small business relief program has allocated $4 million for grants, but officials said that number could change in the future.
Iowa health officials reported almost two dozen additional positive cases of COVID-19 in the state Saturday bringing the total number to 68.
Iowa health officials have confirmed 22 new coronavirus cases in the state. The program offers eligible small businesses grants ranging from $5,000-$25,000 in addition to offering Iowa businesses a deferral of sales and use or withholding taxes due and waiver of penalty and interest.
IL governor J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat, issued a "shelter-in-place" order Friday, closing off nonessential travel in the state, but Reynolds reiterated at the press conference she was not planning on implementing a similar directive in Iowa. Reynolds said that the impact of closing childcare centers could have drastic effects on workers in essential services like health care and those that work in grocery stores. However, Reynolds said she would revisit the decision in the coming days as the COVID-19 crisis develops. "It really is that 30 day (period) until we know what assessment's coming from Washington and when that is going to be there". "But right now we're not at the place where we're ready to implement that order".