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Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie limits outdoor gatherings, urges wearing of face coverings in amended emergency proclamation

The mayor made the announcement on Friday.

DES MOINES, Iowa — A limit on outdoor gatherings is one of the major amendments Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie is making Friday to his COVID-19 emergency proclamation.

The mayor's proclamation notes, "an outdoor social, community, recreational, leisure or sporting gathering or event" that utilizes City streets and right-of-way is limited to 250 people." This includes, but isn't limited to, a parade, festival, rally, farmers’ market, road race or neighborhood block party, city leaders said. 

Also in the mayor's proclamation is a push to encourage people in Des Moines to wear a face covering, such as a "cloth mask, surgical mask, plastic shield or similar covering that covers their nose and mouth when in a public place."

The full proclamation can be seen below:

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