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IA loosening restrictions on bars, theaters, zoos, sports & more

Wedding venues as well
Posted at 11:01 AM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 19:54:14-04

DES MOINES, Iowa (KMTV) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said the state will continue to loosen restrictions by allowing zoos, theaters, aquariums, wedding venues and bars to reopen in the near future.

What’s re-opening on Friday:

  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos
  • Aquariums
  • Wedding venues
  • Pools: for laps and swimming lessons

Bars will be allowed to reopen on May 28.

All of the businesses will be expected to, as is the case with businesses that are already open, limit patrons to 50% of capacity and maintain social distancing.

In regards to state parks, Iowa Department of Natural Resources Director Kayla Lyon said all restrooms, shower buildings, and cabins will be open starting on Friday. This means campers who want to do so in a cabin, an RV or in a tent will be allowed to do so. Campers will only be allowed to do so in groups of six and guests are not allowed during the day or overnight. Grills and picnic tables will be available to use at each person’s own risk. Other things such as youth group campsites and shelters will not be open to the public at the state parks.

When asked about concerns over loosening restrictions, the governor said hospitals are still ready for a potential surge and the state is ready to make changes if numbers begin to spike. She said Iowans need to take responsibility, knowing the virus is out there, and take precautions to prevent catching it. While the health of Iowans is important, so is the economy she said.

Beginning June 1, Reynolds said school-sponsored activities and learning will also be allowed to resume. This will include sports such as high school baseball and softball. More details will be provided Thursday.

Casinos and amusement parks are not included in the planned openings. Reynolds said the state is continuing to work with those businesses to formulate guidance and a plan for reopening them.

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