The following establishments may open starting May 15, 2020, with specific restrictions and guidelines: restaurants, fitness centers, malls, other retail establishments, salons, barbershops, medical spas, tanning facilities, massage therapy, tattoo parlors, campgrounds, race tracks, libraries, drive-in theaters, and social and fraternal clubs. Each business must follow specific guidance from the Iowa Department of Public Health when they reopen. There will still be capacity restrictions as well as social distancing guidelines for these businesses to follow. Bars and casinos are not included in the proclamation.
Gatherings of more than 10 people continue to be prohibited.
See the Governor’s full Proclamation: https://governor.iowa.gov/press-release/gov-reynolds-signs-new-proclamation-continuing-the-state-public-health-emergency-2
For guidance on reopening, reference IDPH website: https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus/Guidance
Restaurant re-opening specific guidance: https://dia.iowa.gov/document/iowa-restaurant-reopening-criteriaoperation-restrictions-during-covid-19
TestIowa is a new initiative in partnership with our state leaders and private corporations. Our goal is to dramatically increase the rate of COVID-19 testing so Iowans can have better access to testing and help stem the spread of COVID-19 to get us back to normal as quickly as possible.
Please visit the following sites for the most current and accurate information:
- Iowa COVID-19 Information – https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/
- Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) – https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus.
- Center for Disease Control (CDC) – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- Iowa Department of Public Health COVID-19 information hotline for businesses and general community questions: 2-1-1
Please see Governor Reynolds’ most up to date Emergency Disaster Proclamations for details regarding the closing of specific establishments. For those types of organizations not listed, as leaders of the business, please make the best decision for your business, customers and employees while taking into account the 6-foot social distancing guidelines for your employees. We can’t express HOW IMPORTANT social distancing is in stopping the spread of COVID-19.
Please see Isolation Guidance for staff and the community as a whole.
Note: the different recommendation between COVID-19 exposure and ill individuals. Pay special attention to fever-free time recommendations.
Please see 30 Day Slow the Spread for more information.
This Social Distancing flyer can be posted at your organization as well.
Guidance for reopening can be found HERE
Please see Business Guidance for recommendations for your business for preventing and managing an outbreak.
Review Governor Reynolds’ most up to date Emergency Disaster Proclamations for details regarding the closing of specific establishments.
Find Guidance and Resources provided by the Iowa Department of Public Health.