Iowa governor allows college bars to reopen with distancing

Virus Outbreak Iowa
Posted at 5:20 PM, Oct 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-03 18:20:42-04

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Kim Reynolds is allowing bars in Iowa's two largest college towns to reopen next week after a five-week closure helped stop coronavirus outbreaks among young adults.

Reynolds signed an order allowing bars to reopen Monday in Johnson and Story counties as long as they follow social-distancing rules.

Breweries, wineries and distilleries were allowed to reopen almost immediately, on Friday at 5 p.m.

The venues are often packed with University of Iowa and Iowa State University students.

The order says all customers must consume their food and drinks while seated at a bar, booth or table, and must be at least 6 feet apart.

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