The Governor has ordered that restaurants, salons, barbershops, and more businesses may reopen, with restrictions, in Iowa City and Johnson County starting at 5 a.m. Friday, May 15, 2020. Businesses are required to follow specific guidelines in order to reopen. 

Gatherings of 10 or more people are still prohibited until at least Thursday, May 28, 2020.

The full list of businesses allowed to reopen are:

  • Restaurants (but not bars)
  • Salons and barbershops
  • Massage businesses
  • Tattoo parlors
  • Fitness centers
  • Libraries
  • Race tracks

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, casinos, movie theaters, concert venues, and other similar businesses remain closed to the public. 

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Date of publication

Thursday, May 14, 2020