Governor Kim Reynolds says she may have news on Friday about re-opening businesses that were closed during COVID-19.
But the governor will likely give PORTIONS of the state permission to reopen for public gatherings and commerce before others. Reynolds says about 70 percent of Iowa’s positive COVID-19 cases are in eight counties.
Reynolds ordered all Iowa bars and restaurants to close to crowds at noon on March 17th, although they’ve been able to sell food and alcohol through carry-out, drive-through or curb-side service. The following week, the governor ordered hair salons and barber shops and several types of retail businesses to close. Reynolds says she may allow certain businesses to reopen in phases — and ask business owners to ensure customers and employees are able to be six feet from one another.
Reynolds says her staff has been reviewing data by county, by city and by zip code. And Reynolds says state officials will learn details about coronavirus hot spots in the state from the Test Iowa program that will start offering drive-through COVID-19 testing. The Test Iowa website also is collecting health data about tens of thousands of healthy Iowans who voluntarily enter their information. 120,000 Iowans have completed the online assessment so far.
story courtesy of Radio Iowa; photo courtesy of Janelle Tucker/KMCH