More statewide opportunities open as of June 1

Staff report

     Last week, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing her COVID-19 public health disaster emergency until June 25. (It previously expired on May 27.)

     Beginning June 1, several more opportunities opened across Iowa.

     Outdoor performance venues and casinos and gaming facilities can open as long as they limit capacity to 50 percent and follow social distancing guidelines. Amusements such as BINGO halls, bowling alleys, pool halls, arcades, and amusement parks can reopen to 50 percent capacity. They must also ensure social distancing of employees and patrons.

     Outdoor playgrounds can reopen. However, the final order lies with the city or county. Be sure to check with your town as to whether the playgrounds and parks are open for public use.

     Mass gatherings of more than 10 people can now be held for social, community, recreational, leisure, sports, parades, festivals, conventions, and fundraisers. All categories must limit capacity to 50 percent and practice social distancing.

     In addition, non-school and recreational events are no longer prohibited, as long as they practice public health measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

     Previously, Reynolds opened bars and restaurants to 50 percent capacity. This includes wedding reception venues, wineries, breweries, country clubs, and social and fraternal clubs. They must also limit party size to no more than 10 people seated together, and practice social distancing.

     Live performances inside such establishments as a bar are allowed so long as the performers practice social distancing.

     Salons and barbershops reopened to 50 percent capacity and appointment only. They must also practice social distancing within the establishment.

     Other operations allowed to open include: campgrounds, race tracks/speedways, movie theaters, museums, aquariums, zoos, and swimming pools. Public pools are limited, though, for the purposes of lap swimming, lifeguard training, and swimming lessons. They must also ensure social distancing of employees and patrons.

     The governor further extended the closure of indoor and outdoor live theater performance venues, senior centers and adult daycares, and indoor playgrounds.


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