Businesses In 77 Counties In Iowa Able To Reopen Today
On Monday, Gov. Reynolds announced on that some businesses in 77 of Iowa's 99 counties can begin opening up again today. But with the reopening of businesses, there are restrictions and limitations.
Gov. Reynolds signed a new proclamation on Monday that continues the State Public Health Emergency Declaration and loosens social distancing measures in 77 of Iowa's 99 counties. The 77 counties that will allow businesses to reopen either have no coronavirus activity or have seen a downward trend in positive cases over the past 14 days.
A week ago today, Reynolds announced that farmers markets could reopen and hospitals could start elective procedures again if they hospital wanted to.
The businesses in the 77 counties that can operate again, with restrictions and limitations, are:
- Restaurants, fitness centers and retail stores can operate at 50% of normal operating capacity
- Malls can also open at 50% operating capacity. Malls must keep play areas and other common seating areas closed
- Social, community, recreational and leisure sporting events can open with limits to 10 people
- Spiritual and religious gatherings that continue to follow social distancing guidelines
Businesses in the other 22 counties will continue to remain closed through May 15th. Scott, Louisa, Muscatine, Washington, Henry, Linn, and Johnson counties are included in the 22 counties remaining closed until May 15th.
Below is all of the counties that will not have businesses reopening today:
- Black Hawk
- Des Moines