Des Moines, Cedar Rapids mayors lift mask mandates

Des Moines, Ia- The mayor of Iowa’s largest city has rescinded the mask mandate he issued in Des Moines last August.

Radio Iowa reports Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie says he’s following C-D-C recommendations that those fully vaccinated no longer have to wear face coverings or maintain distance from others.

Cownie is encouraging residents who haven’t been vaccinated to get the shot.

Cedar Rapids Mayor Brad Hart says residents and visitors to Iowa’s second-largest city who are fully vaccinated may resume activities without wearing a mask, except in places where mask-wearing is required, including local businesses and workplaces.

The governor issued a mask mandate in November for indoor gatherings of 25 or more people in public places but lifted it in early February.