DES MOINES, Iowa –Today, Governor Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the Public Health Disaster Emergency. The proclamation permits salons, barbershops, and massage and tattoo establishments to reopen throughout Iowa in a limited fashion with appropriate public health measures in place.
It also permits restaurants (but not bars), fitness centers, libraries, and race tracks to reopen in the 22 counties where they have remained closed. These changes are effective at 5:00 a.m. on Friday, May 15.
Bars, theaters, casino and gaming facilities, senior citizen centers and adult daycare facilities, amusements, museums, aquariums, zoos, skating rinks and skate parks, playgrounds, and swimming pools are to remain closed, and door-to-door sales are prohibited.
The proclamation continues the other ongoing closures and public health measures, including the prohibition on social, community, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings and events of more than 10 people, until 11:59 p.m. on May 27, 2020.
It also strongly encourages all vulnerable Iowans, including those with preexisting medical conditions and those older than 65, in all counties of the state to continue to limit their activities outside of their home, including their visits to businesses and other establishments and their participation in gatherings of any size and any purpose
The full proclamation is online in its entirety.
Guidance on reopening (may be updated)
Public Health COVID-19 Reopening Guidance
Iowa Restaurant Reopening Criteria/Operation Restrictions during COVID-19