Hy-Vee makes masks mandatory for all employees
WESTERN IOWA TOWN. WHAT it looks like tonight. STACEY: FIRST THIS EVENING, GOVERNOR KIM REYNOLDS HAS DECIDED TO RELAX RESTRICTIONS AGAINST CORONAVIRUS IN 77 OF IOWA’S 99 COUNTIES. THIS AFTER THE STATE REPORTED 349 NEW VIRUS CASES. THIS WILL PASS IOWA TO 5868 TOTAL CASES. GOVERNOR REYNOLDS ALSO REPORTED 9 NEW COVID-19-RELATED DEATHS FOR A TOTAL OF 127 DEATHS. MORE THAN 2,000 IOWANS HAVE RECOVERED. STEVE: HERE IS A LOOK AT THE RELEASE OF RESTRICTIONS ON FRIDAY THESE ARE THE 77 COUNTRIES HIGHLIGHTED IN GREEN, INCLUDING CITIES LIKE SOULS, OTTUMWA AND FORT DODGE. SEVERAL COUNTIES OF CENTRAL IOWA, THOSE HIGHLIGHTED IN YELLOW, ARE NOT PERMITTED TO OPEN AGAIN. INCLUDING POLK, DALLAS, JASPER, POWESHIEK, MARSHALL AND TAMA. CHRIS GOTHNER OF KCCI IS LIVE TO MONKS THIS EVENING WITH WHAT’S OPEN ON FRIDAY – FOR SOME OF US. CHRIS: GOOD BECAUSE POLK COUNTY ISN’T ONE OF THESE COUNTIES – FITNESS CENTERS LIKE DOWNTOWN WILL NOT OPEN HERE UNTIL 15 MAY AT LEAST. BUT THE FITNESS CENTERS ARE AMONG WHICH IS ONE OF THE COMPANIES ON THE LIST OF WHAT CAN BE PARTIALLY REOPENED, BUT IT IS A PARTIAL REOPENING. THESE 77 COUNTRIES CONSTITUTE ONLY APPROXIMATELY 45% OF THE POPULATION OF IOWA, IT IS NOT MAJORITY. RESTAURANTS, MALLS, RETAIL AT STEM – RETAIL ESTABLISHMENTS, LIBRARIES AND GYMS CAN REOPEN BUT CAPTURES B CAN ONLY BE UP TO 50% CAPACITY. THE GOVERNOR SAYS THAT IT IS EITHER THAT THERE ARE NO ZERO POSITIVE CASES IN THESE 77 COUNTIES WHERE THEY ARE ON A TREND TO LOW. THE GOVERNOR SPEAKED THIS MORNING SAID THAT IT WANTS TO BALANCE THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND ECONOMIC WELL-BEING OF THE STATES. SHE SAID THAT THE LEVEL OF MITIGATION OF THE STATE IS NOT ADAPTED IN THE LONG TERM >> I BELIEVE THAT IF THE IOWANS CONTINUE TO WORK TOGETHER AS WE HAVE THE LAST MONTHS, WE CAN PROTECT LIVES AND SECURE THE MEANS D ‘EXISTENCE AT THE SAME TIME. >> IN REOPENING COUNTIES, MOST OF THE MEETINGS WILL ALWAYS BE LIMITED TO 10 PEOPLE. FURTHER INSIDE THESE MALLS, GAME AREAS AND FOOD AREAS WILL REMAIN CLOSED, WE HAVE OR AT THE REASON OF BEING THE GOVERNOR FOR THIS COMING TO COME AT 6:00 AM. FOR NOW, LIVE IN THE DOWNTOWN OF THE MONKS, CHRIS GOTHNER KCCI 8 NEWS. STACEY: STARTING FROM FRIDAY, PEOPLE FROM THE 99 COUNTRIES OF IOWA WILL BE AUTHORIZED TO RESUME RELIGIOUS MEETINGS UNDER THE NEW GOVERNOR’S ORDER. TISIA MUZINGA FROM KCCI TELLS US THE INSTRUCTIONS THAT SHOULD FOLLOW. TISIA: STACEY, THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE SAYS THAT THERE MAY BE MORE THAN 10 PEOPLE AT A RELIGIOUS MEETING. IT IS HOST TO ENSURE THAT PEOPLE PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCE A STATEMENT OF THE LATEST PROCLAMATION READS IN PART, “A CHURCH, SYNAGOGUE OR OTHER HOST OF A SPIRITUAL OR RELIGIOUS MEETING MUST IMPLEMENT MEASURES REASONABLE IN THE CONTEXT OF EACH CIRCUMSTANCE SOCIAL DISTANCIATION. REVEALING MIKE ROSE SAYS – WI PASTING TO ONLINE SERVICES UNTIL THE CHURCH COMES WITH A PLA >> WE HAVE SERVED ONLINE FOR FIVE, I THINK SIX WEEKS. IT WAS WELL OUTSTANDING WELL. WE HAD A GREAT VIEW. WE HAVE SEEN PEOPLE COMING FORWARD, WISHING TO HELP, WISHING PEOPLE >> THE CHURCH WILL HAVE A MEETING TUESDAY MORNING AND THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH HAS UPDATED GUIDELINES AS THE STATE SLOWLY REOPENED. STACEY: AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE WORKFORCE THIS EVENING. HE SAYS AN IOWAN PLACED ON A TEMPORARY LAYOFF DUE TO COVID-19 WHO REFUSES TO RETURN TO WORK WHEN RECALLED BY THEIR EMPLOYER LOSE THEIR BENEFITS OF UNEMPLOYMENT. THERE ARE SEVERAL EXCEPTIONS TO THIS RULE, INCLUDING IF THE EMPLOYEE HAS BEEN POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS OR THEY HAVE NO DAYCARE DUE TO THE REASON COVID-19 REASONED THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE WORKFORCE SAYS THAT THE EMPLOYEES OF THESE POSITIONS MUST WORK WITH THEIR EMPLOYER TO FIND THE BEST STEVE: RESTAURANTS IN HISTORY, WARREN AND 75 OTHER COUNTRIES CAN CONDUCT LIMITED BUSINESS FROM FRIDAY ACCOMMODATING JUST 50% OF THEIR NORMAL CUSTOMERS. THE RAPPORTEUR SENIOR KCCI TODD MAGE VISITED THE MAIN STREET IN AMES TODAY WHERE THE PEOPLE MANAGING A FAMILY COFFEE ARE JOINING >> WE ARE IN THE DOWNTOWN OF SOULS AND THE NEWS OF THE RESTAURANTS ARE THE NEWS NEWS FROM RESTAURANTS HEARD FOR A LONG TIME. WE STOPPED THE GROVE CAFE TODAY. WE WERE HERE SIX WEEKS WHEN THE STOP ORDER STARTED. THE OWNER HAS BEEN SHOCKED WHEN HE DISCOVERED THAT HE SHOULD CLOSE HIS DOOR TO EVERYTHING BUT TAKE FOOD AND ASKED IF HE COULD SURVIVE HAS BEEN STOPPED SINCE THAT, IT SAYS THAT THE BUSINESS HAS BEEN LOW, WHICH DOESN’T ‘IS NOT A SURPRISE. NOW, HE SAYS THAT THE REOPENING WILL ALLOW HIM TO PAY INVOICES EVEN BUT HE IS ONLY AUTHORIZED TO FILL 50% OF HIS SEATS. >> I THINK IT’S GREAT FOR A SMALL BUSINESS LIKE ME. IN THE LAST SIX WEEKS, IT HAS TAKEN A FULL WEEK OF BUSINESS TO DO WHAT I USUALLY DO ON SATURDAYS. WORKING WITH LOSS TO TRY TO PAY JUST SOME OF THE UTILITY INVOICES. WE DO WHAT WE HAVE TO DO AND I AM HAPPY THAT IT BEGINS TO OPEN IT. MAYBE I CAN BREAK EVEN FOR THE TWO OR THREE NEXT WEEKS AND WE CAN MAKE MONEY THEN. >> HE SAYS THANKS TO HIS CUSTOMERS FOR ORDERING A PARTICIPATION AND NOW HE HOPES THAT THEY WILL RETURN
Hy-Vee makes masks mandatory for all employees
Hy-Vee announced Monday that its employees are now required to wear face covers at work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The company said in a press release that it has already provided masks to all employees and, as of Monday, face covers are mandatory for employees. Previously, Hy-Vee installed barriers on its lanes payment and placed social distancing signs in all its stores. has also implemented increased disinfection of its carts and body belts between customers. The company said it would offer a 10% bonus to front-line workers for hours worked from April 13 to May 3.
The company said in a press release that it has already provided masks to all employees and, as of Monday, face covers are mandatory for employees.
Previously, Hy-Vee had installed barriers to its cash registers and placed posters of social distancing in its stores.
Hy-Vee has also implemented increased disinfection of its carts and body belts between customer uses.
The company said it would offer a 10% bonus to front-line workers for hours worked from April 13 to May 3.