Des Moines Register: White House experts this month urged Iowa officials to require residents to wear face masks in public in most urban areas and several rural counties, and to close bars in those areas until the coronavirus pandemic is tamped down. The mask recommendation was stronger than advice the White House coronavirus task force gave to Iowa officials in July. The suggestions go beyond steps ordered by Gov. Kim Reynolds, who has declined to impose such mandates and has said she trusts Iowans to act appropriately. The federal task force’s recommendations include that Iowa officials close bars and mandate mask wearing, “especially in indoor settings,” in 17 metro areas and 48 counties. The regions include the Des Moines area, Council Bluffs, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, Dubuque, Iowa City, Ames and the Quad Cities.