The Winterset City Council discussed encouraging citizens to wear masks on Monday night. This discussion was prompted by an email from local health officials and the recent mask mandate in the Winterset schools. 

While a mask mandate was considered unlikely to be passed in the near future, some council members felt it was important to consider what this would look like for Winterset. The council was ultimately opposed to mandating masking, but decided to issue a statement encouraging citizens to wear masks. 

The council plans to follow the state’s guidance regarding masking. Without a statewide mandate, they said, it was unlikely that Winterset would issue a mask mandate. 

This discussion was rendered moot by Governor Reynolds’ proclamation Monday night that mandated masking for Iowans over the age of two. This proclamation also limits gatherings for social, community, business, and leisure purposes to 15 people indoors and 30 people outdoors. Hours for bars and restaurants are now limited to 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., with carryout and drive-through allowed at other times.