More businesses statewide may reopen Friday

By CBJ News Staff

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Wednesday that she has lifted restrictions on restaurants and most retail establishments in the 22 still-restricted counties, including Linn, Benton, Iowa, Johnson and Washington, beginning 5 a.m. Friday.

The lifted restrictions enacted through her signed proclamation mean that all restaurants, fitness centers, libraries, salons, barbershops and massage therapy locations can be reopened statewide with the same social distancing and capacity restrictions she previously ordered in the other 77 counties.

Closures are still in effect for bars (except for take-out only), theaters, casinos and gaming facilities, senior centers and adult day facilities, amusement parks, museums, skating rinks and parks, playgrounds, swimming pools and door-to-door sales.

All guidance for businesses continues to include practicing social distancing and public health recommendations for hygiene practices.

Sarah Reisetter, with the Iowa Department of Public Health, reiterated guidance for businesses that can now reopen across the state. This guidance includes:

  • Ensure frequent cleaning, sanitizing establishments
  • Ensure hand washing and sanitizing supplies are available for customers and staff
  • Provide visual reminders for staff and customers to stay 6-feet away from others.
  • Allow or require the use of masks or face coverings
  • Develop appropriate leave policies and allowing staff to stay home when they are ill or have been in close proximity to a confirmed case.
  • Ask customers not to enter if they have been in close proximity to a confirmed case in the last 14 days, or if they themselves are not feeling well. CBJ