DES MOINES, Iowa (KMTV) — DES MOINES, Iowa. (KMTV) – Gov. Kim Reynolds says Iowa has passed a major milestone, testing more than 200,000 Iowans for coronavirus and now she is lifting more restrictions in the state.
Not a lot has changed as to what can open, but Reynolds is lifting capacity requirements for several businesses.
Right now, a lot of businesses are allowed to operate at 50 percent capacity. Starting Friday that all changes, however there are still some restrictions.
For example, restaurants, bars, theaters and salons can operate at full capacity, but they must ensure customers maintain six feet distance from each other.
Currently pools can only be open for classes and lap swimming, but that changes Friday. Senior centers can also reopen.
More than 232,000 coronavirus tests have been conducted in the state of Iowa.That's almost twice as many as Nebraska.
Iowa also has more people who have tested positive and have died from the virus. At last check, more than 22,500 people tested positive with more than half listed as recovered. Six hundred and twenty-nine people have died from it.
With the Iowa State Fair board scheduled to meet Wednesday, reporters asked Reynolds what recommendations she would make if they decided to hold a fair this year.
She said she is not making any recommendations for the board and she will stand by whatever decision they make.
3 News Now This Morning Anchor Courtney Johns provided live updates via Twitter:
Gov. Reynolds says more than 232,000 #coronavirus tests have been conducted in Iowa.— Courtney Johns (@CourtneyJohnsTV) June 10, 2020
Gov. Reynolds says she is lifting the 50 percent capacity limit to certain businesses. #coronavirus— Courtney Johns (@CourtneyJohnsTV) June 10, 2020
This goes into effect Friday. Restaurants, bars and theaters must keep customers 6 feet apart. https://t.co/bp4LvV9LHP— Courtney Johns (@CourtneyJohnsTV) June 10, 2020
Gov. Reynolds says she is not making a recommendation for the Iowa State Fair Board. She says she will stand by whatever decision they make. #coronavirus— Courtney Johns (@CourtneyJohnsTV) June 10, 2020