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4/27/20 Governor's Proclamation Summary

4/27/20  Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds issues new proclamation allowing parts of the state to partially reopen.

On April 27, 2020, Governor Kim Reynolds issued a new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration until May 27, 2020.  The proclamation has some changes for parts of the state.  The Governor is encouraging all vulnerable Iowans, including those who have health conditions and those older than 65, to stay home as much as possible even if they live in a county that has fewer requirements.

Reopening Businesses and Establishments in 77 Counties

On Friday, May 1, 2020, these businesses in the 77 counties may open if they follow health guidelines and social distancing:

  • Restaurants, fitness centers, retail stores, and libraries can open at 50% of normal operating capacity if people can stay 6 feet apart. 
  • Malls can open at 50% operating capacity, but play areas and food court seating areas will be closed. 
  • Speedways or race tracks that do not include horse or dog races may open if people do not attend in person. 
  • Social, community, recreational and leisure, and sporting events can open with 10 people or less.
  • Spiritual and religious gatherings like churches may open if they follow social distancing and health guidelines.

Businesses in these 22 counties will continue current restrictions through May 15, 2020:  1) Allamakee 2) Benton 3) Black Hawk 4) Bremer 5) Dallas 6) Des Moines 7) Dubuque 8) Fayette 9) Henry 10) Iowa 11) Jasper 12) Johnson 13) Linn 14) Louisa 15) Marshall 16) Muscatine 17) Polk 18) Poweshiek 19)  Scott 20) Tama 21) Washington 22) Woodbury .

Business Closures Extended (Statewide) 

Other businesses that were previously closed will stay closed through May 15, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. for the whole state of Iowa.