The Governor has ordered that movie theaters, museums, and more businesses or facilities may reopen, with restrictions, in Iowa City and Johnson County starting at 5 a.m. Friday, May 22, 2020. Businesses are required to follow specific guidelines in order to reopen. 

The full list of businesses allowed to reopen with restrictions are:

  • Movie theaters 
  • Museums, aquariums, zoos
  • Swimming pools

Gatherings of 10 or more people are still prohibited until at least Monday, June 1, 2020. The following events may have more than 10 people, according to the latest order include:

  • Summer school-sponsored activities, including sports
  • Wedding receptions
  • Auctions (up to 25 people)

Each business or facility allowed to 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.  

As with previous orders, businesses and facilities 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. 

Bars and other alcohol-related businesses can also reopen, according to the latest order, but not until Thursday, May 28, 2020, and with restrictions in place.

Casinos, performance venues, and other similar businesses remain closed to the public. 

There are no changes to City facility closures. Updates on previously announced closures will be provided prior to Monday, June 1, 2020. 

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Date of publication

Thursday, May 21, 2020