Governor Kim Reynolds announced additional business openings, the start of summer high school sports, and lifted further COVID-19 restrictions. In her daily press conference Wednesday, Reynolds stated that this Friday movie theaters, zoos, aquariums, museums, and wedding reception venues will be allowed to reopen with appropriate public health measures including social distancing and increased sanitizing practices. Swimming pools can open for lap swimming and lessons. Starting May 28th bars and other establishments that serve alcohol will be permitted to open for indoor or outdoor seating at 50% capacity and follow the same public health measures as restaurants.

Effective June 1st Iowa’s high schools will be able to resume activities and learning, including summer sports. Further details on procedures will be announced and KCII will bring you that information when it becomes official.
As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, Iowa had 15,534 confirmed cases of the virus with 8,236 recovered. Iowa has had 383 deaths due to COVID-19, including 16 from 11 a.m. Tuesday to 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Iowa State Parks also announced changes ahead of the Memorial Day weekend including campgrounds will have all modern restrooms, shower buildings, and cabins open starting this Friday. Shelters, lodges, playgrounds, group camps, and visitor centers will remain closed. Only overnight campers should go to the campgrounds, no visitors. Beaches will remain open.

Casinos remain closed at this time.