Reopenings set for movie theaters, bars and museums

Gov. Kim Reynolds speaking at a recent coronavirus press conference. CREDIT FACEBOOK

By CBJ News Staff

Movie theaters, museums, wedding reception venues, zoos and aquariums will be allowed to reopen Friday under a new public health emergency proclamation issued by Gov. Kim Reynolds.

Ms. Reynolds also announced that beginning May 28, bars and other liquor-serving establishments that have been restricted to carryout and delivery operations will be allowed to reopen their indoor and outdoor seating.

Public health restrictions, including limiting bars to 50% of occupancy capacity, will apply to all the reopened establishments. Details are outlined in the full proclamation.

Ms. Reynolds said that certain school activities – specifically high school baseball and softball – will be allowed to resume June 1, consistent with the guidance of the state education department and state high school athletic associations.

As in previous cases, not all public places allowed to reopen are expected to resume operations immediately. FilmScene, the nonprofit movie venue in Iowa City, said it will continue to monitor public health conditions, film availability and public confidence to determine the right opening date, reports news partner KCRG-TV9.

State parks will be reopening Friday in time for Memorial Day camping and picnics, but youth group camp sites and shelters, lodges, playgrounds, museums and visitor centers at those parks will remain closed.

The governor attributed the continued easing of restrictions to Iowans and businesses doing their part to maintain social distancing and comply with public health guidelines. She is expected to announce more changes as the current disaster proclamation nears its end on May 27. CBJ