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Gov. Reynolds reopening bars and night clubs in 4 of 6 Iowa counties

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DES MOINES, Iowa (KTIV) -- Shuttered bars, and night clubs, in four central and eastern Iowa counties, will be allowed to reopen at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

Gov. Reynolds signed a proclamation Tuesday allowing bars, taverns, wineries, breweries, distilleries and night clubs to reopen in Black Hawk, Dallas, Linn and Polk counties. The proclamation also removes the restriction on hours that alcohol may be sold in restaurants.

Those restrictions were put into effect almost three weeks ago as a way to slow the spread of COVID-19.

But the restrictions remain in place in Johnson and Story counties. Establishments in those two counties may continue to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption off-premises. Restaurants are permitted to stay open but must stop selling and serving alcoholic beverages after 10 p.m.

The governor's proclamation also continues to strongly encourage all Iowans two or older to wear a mask or face-covering when in public settings, especially in circumstances when social distancing is not possible.

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Dean Welte

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