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Today, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) issued the following statement on Governor Kim Reynolds’ revised coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency proclamation, which lifts restrictions on the size of indoor and outdoor gatherings:

“While this week brought us light at the end of the tunnel of this pandemic with the distribution of our first COVID-19 vaccine, we have a long way to go before we can return to life as normal.

Relaxing statewide restrictions on social gatherings sends the wrong message to Iowans that the December holiday season presents less risk than Thanksgiving did.

While a decline in record infection rates is certainly a positive sign, we all must recognize that our shared sacrifice of large in-person gatherings this holiday will slow the spread of this disease and give Iowans the chance to enjoy holidays together in the future.”