The Governor has ordered that outdoor performance venues, bowling alleys, and more may reopen, with restrictions, in Iowa City and Johnson County starting Monday, June 1, 2020. The latest order also allows for recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings and events of more than 10 people if public health measures are implemented. 

Businesses and facilities are required to follow specific guidelines in order to reopen. 

Facilities allowed to reopen on June 1 include: 

  • Outdoor performance venues
  • Casinos
  • Bowling alleys
  • Amusement parks
  • Skating rinks and skating parks
  • Outdoor playgrounds 

Those that are reopen must follow specific guidelines, including limiting the number of patrons inside, and maintaining social distance of six feet. To read the full order, visit the Governor's website

The order also permits social, community, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings and events of more than 10 people if public health measures are implemented, including limiting attendance to 50% of the venue capacity and maintaining six feet of distance between those attending.

This also allows practices, games, and competitions for youth and adult baseball, softball, and individual sports such as running, biking, swimming, tennis, and golf to resume with appropriate public health measures in place.

Iowa City Parks and Recreation updates 

Iowa City Parks and Recreation will reopen playgrounds and Terrel Mill Skate Park on June 1. Signage at the parks will be updated. Basketball courts will also reopen on June 1. 

Registration for new summer recreation sports skills programs will begin online on June 1 as well. Those interested can register online.

City staff are in discussions with the Iowa City Community School District and youth sports associations to determine opening plans for athletic fields. 

  • Weekly Party in the Park events will begin on Thursday, June 18 with an event at Riverfront Crossings Park. 
  • Registration is open for a summer child care camp which will begin on June 15 at Mercer/Scanlon Recreation Center. Find more information online.
  • Individual sports like running, biking, swimming, and tennis, will be allowed, though dates for reopening the City's indoor pools have yet to be determined. City Park Pool will remain closed through the 2020 season. Splash pads also remain closed. 

Bathrooms and drinking fountains at all parks will remain closed. Water will be turned on at the City’s two off-leash dog parks and portable restrooms will soon return to several locations. Park shelters are not being rented or serviced, but may be used by small groups that maintain adequate social distancing. 

Any questions about Parks and Recreation openings or facilities can be directed to Juli Seydell-Johnson, Director, at, or 319-356-5104. 

As with previous orders, businesses are not mandated to reopen to the public by this date. Before visiting, be sure to verify that the establishment is open to customers, or if they are maintaining takeout services or operating with delivery services only. 

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Date of publication

Friday, May 29, 2020