Some of the places that have been closed for the past month and a half will be allowed to re-open on Friday – but it won’t look quite like it did before the pandemic.
Governor Kim Reynolds announced Monday that restaurants, retail stores, fitness centers and libraries can re-open in 77 counties – including Delaware, Buchanan, Clayton and Jones counties – but at 50 percent of normal operating capacity.
That means church services can resume throughout the entire state this weekend. Reynolds says churches should follow CDC guidelines and practice social distancing.
She says her decision to allow business activity to resume in two-thirds of Iowa’s counties is based on the reported virus activity in those counties over the past two weeks, as well as the hospitalization and recovery rates.
The governor says business closures in the other 22 counties – which includes Dubuque, Fayette and Linn counties – will be lifted if there are downward trends in COVID-19 cases in those areas.
All other businesses not included in Monday’s proclamation will see their closures extended to May 15th.
And she is still strongly encouraging all vulnerable Iowans, including those with pre-existing conditions and those older than 65 throughout the state, to continue to limit their activities outside of their homes.
You can find the governor’s proclamation that details the re-opening guidelines on kmch.com.
Legislative leaders also announced Monday that the 2020 Iowa legislative session will remain suspended through May 15th.
story and audio contribution courtesy of Radio Iowa