During Wednesday morning’s press conference, Governor Kim Reynolds allowed more businesses to reopen and also loosened restrictions for the remaining 22 Iowa counties that still had its businesses closed.
The proclamation that Reynolds signed in March effectively closed a variety of establshments in Iowa. The decree was set to expire this Friday (May 15th).
“Effective May 15th, all restrictions currently lifted in Iowa’s 77 counties will be expanded statewide which includes restaurants, fitness centers, and additionally, salons, Barbershops, Massage therapy may reopen statewide.”
All businesses must operate at 50 percent capacity, maintain social distancing, and adhere to hygiene and public health measures outlined by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH).
IDPH Deputy Director Sarah Reisetter said while older citizens and those with compromised immune systems should stay home, it’s up to each individual to make that decision.
“It’s also okay to continue to stay at home if you’re not in a high-risk category,” Reisetter said. “Every Iowan must do what is best for them.”
According to the proclamation, gathering areas such as bars, casinos, and playgrounds will remain closed. The governor has extended the closures to May 27th.