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Iowa governor lifts 50% capacity limit on businesses, senior centers and swimming pools allowed to reopen

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DES MOINES, Iowa (KTIV) -- Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Wednesday she is further relaxing restrictions and allowing businesses to reopen in more capacities.

During a news conference, Gov. Reynolds announced effective Friday, June 12 the 50% capacity limit currently in place for Iowa businesses will be lifted.

Reynolds said certain businesses such as restaurants, bars and theaters will still be required to maintain social distancing measures.

"Eliminating the capacity restrictions will allow businesses the flexibility to adjust their specific operations accordingly, to best meet the needs of their employees and customers," said Gov. Reynolds.

Reynolds added establishments will still need to implement measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. These include social distancing measures, enhanced hygiene practices and public health measures recommended by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

The governor said swimming pools and senior centers may reopen as well so long as they follow recommended health measures. Previously, swimming pools in Iowa were only allowed to conduct lessons and lap swimming.

Reynolds is still encouraging vulnerable Iowans, those with preexisting medical conditions and older than 65, to continue to limit their activities outside of their home. She also encourages all Iowans to limit their in-person interaction with those vulnerable to COVID-19.

"We know that COVID-19 will remain in our communities for awhile. But we also know what we can do to effectively mitigate and manage and contain it while we safely and responsibly move forward with life," said Gov. Reynolds.

Other businesses affected by the governor's proclamation include fitness centers, casinos, salons, barbershops, race tracks, malls and several others.

Just like restaurants and bars, these establishments must implement reasonable measures to ensure social distancing of employees and customers, as well as maintain enhanced hygiene practices and other public health measures recommended by the IDPH.

You can read the full proclamation below or by clicking here.


Des Moines, Iowa (KTIV) -- Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds held a news conference at 11 a.m. Wednesday from the Iowa State Capitol regarding the state's response to COVID-19.

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