Statewide Iowa — Governor Kim Reynolds has ordered the closure of hair and nail salons, barber shops, tattoo parlors and swimming pools. The mandatory closures were effective at 10 p.m. Sunday and also apply to spas, tanning facilities and massage therapy establishments.

The governor announced these moves as part of a new disaster proclamation that suspends foreclosures on residential, commercial and agricultural properties as well.

(As above) “Also licensing relief for medical professionals will ensure that doctors, nurses and others who are ready to step up and serve are able to do so,” Reynolds says.

This weekend, the governor announced the U.S. Small Business Administration has issued a disaster declaration for the state of Iowa. It means small businesses impacted by the pandemic may apply for low-interest federal disaster loans. Some business owners have expressed concern that getting a federal loan might disqualify their business from receiving other forms of federal aid. Reynolds says she doesn’t know the answer to that right now.

(As above) “I will check on that and make sure it’s not a problem,” Reynolds says.

The governor says she and two top state officials plan to discuss how to apply for the SBA disaster loans at an upcoming press conference.

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