On Tuesday, Gov. Reynolds announced she is extending the existing disaster emergency proclamation through June 25. But more businesses will be reopening and more activities will be permitted.
Effective May 28 bars, wineries, breweries, distilleries and other social or fraternal clubs may reopen following the same public health measures as restaurants, including limiting normal operating capacity to 50 percent and social distancing groups 6 feet apart.
Live bands or other musical performers are permitted at bars and restaurants, but must also follow social distancing protocols with members of the group and audience. Restaurants and bars may have party sizes of up to 10 people.
Effective on June 1
Speedways and racetracks can open events to spectators.
Outdoor performance venues such as amphitheaters and grandstands can hold live performances.
Casinos and gaming facilities may reopen as well as amusement parks, bowling alleys, pool halls and arcades. All at 50 percent capacity and with public health and safety measures in place.
Social community, recreational leisure and sports gatherings of more than 10 people will be permitted again. But groups attending must maintain 6-feet of social distancing. Venues are limited to 50 percent of normal operating capacity and must follow social distancing and public health measures.
The proclamation also permits practices, games and competitions for youth and adult baseball and softball, and also individual sports such as running, biking, swimming, tennis and golf to resume with the proper social distancing and public health measures in place.
Many of the public health measures already in place will remain so for businesses that have already reopened. Businesses that remain closed will continue to be closed until June 17.
Reynolds said she and other state officials will be continuing to evaluate these measures to decide if they should be adjusted further.
The disaster emergency proclamation has also provided significant regulatory relief to businesses and individuals over the course of the pandemic. While some relief will continue for another 30 days, some other components will phase out at 11:59 p.m. May 27. This includes the moratorium on foreclosures, evictions and other debt collection activities.
To provide continued relief for those families who may be struggling financially due to the pandemic, Reynolds will be allocating funding through the state’s allocation of the federal CARES Act funds for the creation of a COVID-19 eviction and foreclosure prevention program. The program will be administered by the Iowa Finance Authority. The program will apply to residential evictions and foreclosures and will be available to eligible Iowans who have experienced a documented loss of income due to COVID-19 and are unable to pay their rent or mortgage payment. More information will be coming later this week.
See the full proclamation here.