Governor Kim Reynolds announced that the State has extended the emergency declaration in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic by a week.

By extending the declaration, all closures and bans initiated on March 17, 2020 due to COVID-19 have been extended until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, 2020.

This includes the closure of spaces where people could gather and potentially spread the virus: bars, restaurants, event spaces, theaters, fitness centers, and more. A ban on the gathering of more than 10 people was extended as well. 

Also included in the extension was the announcement that many new retail stores will be closed until April 7, 2020. Those new closures includes:

  • Book stores
  • Clothing and shoe stores
  • Jewelry, luggage, cosmetic, perfume, and beauty supply stores
  • Furniture stores
  • Florists and home furnishing stores

These new closures would begin at 10 p.m. Thursday, March 26, 2020. To read the full order, visit the Governor's website

All elective, non-essential medical and dental procedures are also suspended starting at 5 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2020.

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Date of publication

Thursday, March 26, 2020