Reopening Resources

On  Tuesday, May 26, the Governor announced the extension of the State Public Health Emergency Declaration through June 25 and statewide reopening of select businesses beginning Thursday, May 28. PLEASE NOTE, the June 25 expiration date does not apply to all Sections of the Declaration. Specific dates can be found in the header of each Section within the Proclamation. The summary of the proclamation below ONLY includes some changes made to the May 20 Declaration.

Section 2 (May 28 – June 17)

  • Bars, breweries, wineries, distilleries, social and fraternal clubs, and other retail establishments. Are allowed to reopen on May 28 with industry specific guidelines including allowing groups of no more than 10 people. Are allowed to have live performances.
  • Fitness Centers. Group activities are not limited to 10 people, but are required to have enough space to keep participants 6 feet apart at all times.
  • Race tracks. Are allowed to reopen for spectators with 50% capacity and ensure 6 foot distance between attendees beginning on June. 1.
  • There were no changes to the other businesses in Section 2 including malls, salons, barber shops, other retail, massage therapy, medical spas, campgrounds, libraries, theaters, swimming pools, museums and zoos.

Section 3 (June 1-June 17)

  • Outdoor performance venues, casinos and gaming facilities, amusements (including bingo halls, bowling alleys, pool halls, amusement parks), skating rinks and skate parks. May reopen on June 1 with spectators/attendees and industry specific guidelines at 50% capacity.
  • Outdoor Playgrounds: May reopen on June 1 with no capacity restrictions.

Section 4 (Remain CLOSED through June 17)

  • Indoor theaters and other indoor live performance venues, senior citizen centers and adult daycare facilities, and indoor playgrounds. The following businesses remain closed through June 17.

Section 6 (June 1-June 17)

  • Social gatherings, recreational, sporting events including parades, conventions, and fundraisers. Mass gatherings of more than 10 people are allowed beginning June 1 if it follows 50% capacity of attendees at the venue and other health and safety measures. Non-school sporting and recreational events are allowed, Even when athletes may come within six feet of each other. Spiritual and religious gatherings are allowed, including funerals and weddings so long as they have reasonable health and safety measures.

Section 7 (extended through June 17)

  • Farmers Markets. Restrictions remain the same.

Section 8 (extended through June 17)

  • Auctions. Are allowed to have participants with up to 50% capacity of the venue.

Section 11 (no time certain)

  • Voting. The mass gathers prohibition in the proclamation doesn’t apply to the voting section.

Section 27-76 (extended through June 25)

  • Continued regulatory relief to the following industries: health care system, telehealth services, pharmacy therapeutic substitution, involuntary discharge for nonpayment, county hospital borrowing, professional licensing relief, temporary teacher licensure, EMS provider training, and property tax payment, sales of alcohol, food establishment licensure, bottle and can redemption, financial, pool registration, interim indigent defense fee claims, veterans assistance, veterans staff certification training, school ready funding limitation, paper bidding procedures, electronic search warrants returns of service, electronic corporate shareholder meetings, electronic meetings and hearings, in-person open records examination, remote notarization and witnessing, in-person review for a number of services, new elevator standards, critical trucking operations, motor vehicle licensing and registration, weapons permitting procedures, online apprenticeship instruction, high school equivalency testing, community college instruction hours, sports physical requirements, Iowa Youth Survey, retired public disaster responders, state agency operations.

Section 77 (extended through June 25)

  • Pharmacy Therapeutic Substitution extension.

Section 82- 107 (extended through June 25)

  • Professional licensure relief Allows for early licensure for several medical professions including DO, PA, & RT Continuing education suspension for all state licenses, extends licensure renewal, suspends background checks, allows for reciprocity so out of state providers can provide telehealth services, and suspends annual reporting for licensees.

Section 113-119 (extended through June 25) Property tax payment relief. Suspension of sales tax and extension of right of redemption after tax sales. Tax deferred savings deadlines.
Section 123 (extended through June 25)Suspends the food establishment licensee renewal
Section 124 (extended through June 25) The bottle and can redemption laws are suspended.
Section 133 (extended through June 25) Allows for veterans assistance through funding through the county commissions.
Section 134 Veterans staffing certification suspended for one year.
Section 147 Directs the Iowa Department of Agricultural and Land Stewardship to create a program to provide financial assistance to livestock producers for the cost of the disposal of livestock due to COVID-19 market disruptions.
Sections 152-159 (extended through June 25) Motor Vehicle licensing and registration relief
Section 162 (extended through June 25) Allows for online Apprenticeship Instruction
Section 170-172 (extended through June 25) Suspends the certification for pesticide applicators, business licenses of pesticide applicators and certification for commercial pesticide applicators.


On May 20, Governor Reynolds  signed a new proclamation continuing the Public Health Disaster Emergency. The proclamation permits summer school activities, including baseball and softball, to resume on June 1. And effective this Friday, May 22, Movie theaters, zoos, aquariums, museums, and wedding reception venues will be permitted to reopen with appropriate public health measures in place. Swimming pools will also be permitted to reopen for lap swimming and swimming lessons. On Thursday, May 28, bars and other alcohol-related establishments will be permitted to reopen for indoor or outdoor seating. These establishments will follow the same public health measures that restaurants have been implementing for the past several weeks.

On Wednesday, May 13, Governor Kim Reynolds announced that restrictions will be lifted statewide on May 15, with the exception of bars and casinos. That includes all businesses, from salons to fitness centers, with some specific guidance in place.


Below are resources to help businesses and industries prepare for next steps related to economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

As employers determine the best way to get back to business, let this  Reopening & Recovery Toolkit be a resource.  Click here for a list of PPE Suppliers that the state has compiled.

DSM Forward:
DSM Forward includes industry-specific playbooks with assessments and recommendations — leveraging international, national, state and local sources, and following federal, state and local public health official recommendations — to help guide businesses and organizations as they determine pathways toward the future in an everchanging landscape. This is a great breakdown by profession (salons, restaurants, retail, etc.) on how to reopen.

Reopen Main Street
We’re taking a look ahead at “new reality” possibilities and working to compile potential reopening strategies, ideas, hints and tips for businesses, business districts and organizations as we enter the COVID-19 recovery phase.

Free Printable Templates For Coronavirus Signage
Dozens of Signs:  Free Printable Templates for Coronavirus Signage

Click below to download free signs from MSCR:
Six foot distance sign
Mask sign
Yes, we are open sign

Reopening Safely: Helpful Tips for Community Leaders and Small Business Owners
General tips from Main Street America

Main Street Coon Rapids How-to resources
We have a host of how-to resources on the MSCR page on topics from online selling and social marketing to navigating the post Pandemic climate.

Iowa Department of Public Health


A complete (48 page) guidebook made possible by Menke & Company & The Greater Burlington Partnership: Toolkit for Reopening Your Business

Iowa’s SBDC Back to Business Guide:  Back2Biz

Salon Reopening Guidelines from the Iowa Board of Cosmetology Arts & Science:

IDPH Reopening Guidance 5.12.20

IDPH Reopening Guidance - Direct Client Services 5.13.20

Checklist for Reopening Establishments 

Ongoing Infection Control Checklist

Social Distancing and Customer Interactions

Salon/Schools Protocols to Support Licensees/Students & Maintain a Healthy Work Environment

Updated:  COVID-19 IDRC Community Resources

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation: https://wedc.org/reopen-guidelines/

       
       
       
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