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5/6/20 Governor's Proclamation Summary

5/6/20  Governor Kim Reynolds issued a proclamation allowing dental services and additional businesses to reopen in a limited manner.

Summary provided by Iowa Department of Public Health:

There is community spread of COVID-19 in Iowa. This is a new disease that is impacting communities across Iowa, the US and globally. It can cause serious complications, including death.

To contain this outbreak and protect Iowans, the Governor has proclaimed a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency. Vulnerable Iowans, including those with preexisting medical conditions and those older than 65 should continue to stay home as much as possible, and only go out for essential trips. All Iowans should practice social distancing, good hand hygiene. Most events of more than 10 people are prohibited.

Many closures will continue statewide until May 15, 2020. This includes bars, theaters, casino and gaming facilities, senior citizen centers, museums and zoos, playgrounds, swimming pools, salons, tattoo establishments, and massage therapy establishments.

Dental services may re-open beginning May 8, 2020. Dental offices must follow re-opening guidelines from the Iowa Dental Board.

Other businesses are allowed to re-open beginning May 8, 2020. These include:

  • Campgrounds
  • Drive-in movie theaters
  • Tanning facilities
  • Medical spas

These businesses must take reasonable measures to ensure social distancing, increased hygiene practices and other measures to reduce COVID-19 spread.

Additional businesses are allowed to reopen on May 8, 2020 in the following counties:  Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Dallas, Des Moines, Dubuque, Fayette, Henry, Iowa, Jasper, Johnson, Linn, Louisa, Marshall, Muscatine, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Tama, Washington, Woodbury.  

Malls may open if they only allow 50% of their normal capacity and implement other measures to ensure social distancing and hygiene. Food courts and other seating areas, and play areas must stay closed.

Other non-essential retail establishment, such as book stores and clothing stores, may reopen in the counties listed above, but may only allow 50% of their normal capacity and implement other measures to ensure social distancing and hygiene.

Other measures were taken to provide flexibility and regulatory relief. This includes flexibility in school start dates and private instruction, athletic requirements, and professional licensure.