Reopening Resources

Governor Reynolds announced new guidelines surrounding the opening of businesses in Iowa during a press conference yesterday. Effective Friday, June 12 at 8 a.m., the 50% capacity limitation will be lifted. The six-foot social distancing requirement will remain in place for restaurants and other businesses. All businesses are asked to implement reasonable measures and increased hygiene measures in accordance with guidance from the Iowa Department of Public Health. Additionally, swimming pools, senior centers and adult day care programs may open if in compliance with specific guidelines outlined in a new Disaster Emergency Public Health proclamation, found here.

The new guidance is set to run from June 12 through June 25, 2020 for the following establishments, in addition to those mentioned:

  • Restaurants and bars
  • Fitness centers
  • Casinos and gaming facilities
  • Salons and barbershops
  • Medical spas
  • Theaters and performance venues
  • Race tracks
  • Malls
  • Museums
  • Aquariums and zoos
  • Libraries
  • Indoor playgrounds
  • Children’s play centers
  • Bingo and pool halls
  • Bowling alleys and arcades
  • Amusement parks
  • Campgrounds
  • Tanning facilities
  • Massage therapy establishments
  • Tattoo establishments
  • Retail establishments

Lastly, mass gatherings of all kinds may be held without capacity limitations, as long as the six-foot of physical distance is followed.

To read the Proclamation in its entirety, please click here.

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

Recent IEDA posting of reopening guidance documents:

General Reopening Guidance for All Businesses

Reopening Checklist

Signage Examples

State of Iowa:  COVID-19 Proclamations (LINK TO ALL PROCLAMATIONS)

National Main Street America:  Main Street Forward

Iowa Finance Authority:  Iowa Housing Recovery Assistance

Designing for a Pandemic:  Wisconsin Main Street

Event Planning & COVID-19

Guidebook-from the first 60 days to 1 Year and Beyond

The Local Leader’s Toolkit: A Strong Towns Response to the Pandemic

Interim Final Rule on Loan Forgiveness:

Interim Final Rule on SBA Loan Review and Related Borrower and Lender Responsibilities:

Iowa Downtown Resource Center:  COVID-19 IDRC Community Resources

Iowa Business Recovery Assistance: Iowa Economic Development AuthorityUpdated daily/hourly.

Iowa Restaurant Association

Iowa’s SBDC Back to Business Guide:  Back2Biz

Main Street America

Signage:  Free Printable Templates for Coronavirus Signage

Signage:  Another printable sign resource.  

Social, Physical & Economical:

State Fire Marshal Guidance for Determining Occupant Capacity:  Iowa Department of Public Safety

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:


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