The highly contagious U.K. variant of COVID-19 has been found in Iowa. Gov. Kim Reynolds’ response: She’s lifting the measure put in place to slow the spread of the virus. As of Sunday, gone are the mask mandate, the rules requiring businesses to limit capacity and enforce social distancing, and the caps on indoor and outdoor gatherings. New COVID cases in Iowa have fallen dramatically since they peaked in November, but experts say the presence of mutations means states should not be letting down their guard. Meanwhile, Iowa is ranked 47th in vaccine distribution.