JOHNSTON, Iowa —
Gov. Kim Reynolds expressed the downside to a #shelter-in-place would be Iowan’s #mental wellbeing.
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“We are a connected community,” Reynolds said. “We work. There’s just that side of it as well in addition to #suicides and #domesticabuse. I mean, there are a lot of downsides to (a shelter-in-place) as well.”
During Friday’s press conference she expressed the concern of Iowan’s #mental wellbeing during a time of self-isolation.
“We know that this has a significant impact on Iowans, when we ask them to really be responsible and stay home as much as possible,” Reynolds said. “All of that takes a toll on everyone. We love our families, but at some point it’s hard. And so all of these decisions can have an underlying affect on Iowans, and so we have to also manage that. That’s why we encourage people to get outdoors, get in your car and go for a drive. Just don’t gather.”