DES MOINES — Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced Wednesday that several Iowa businesses that had be under restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including theaters and bars, will be allowed to reopen at 50 percent capacity on May 28.
She also gave the go-ahead for school districts to resume summer athletics.
Jacob Anderson, co-ower of Atlantic Atlas Cinema, said Wednesday that he and the other co-owners Ethan Anderson and Rylea Anderson are considering ways to open the theater, but only in a way that is safe for customers and employees.
“We’re as hesitant as anyone else, we don’t want to put anyone at risk,” Jacob said on Wednesday afternoon.
When asked about a specific plan, Jacob said “no comment,” but said he could likely talk about it more later this week or next week, as they hoped then they would have more of a idea on how to open. They said they would be posting more information on their Facebook Page to let the public know when they may be open and what kinds of rules they would have to have to do so.
Atlantic Park and Board members said Monday night during their meeting that they would wait to decide whether to open up the pool after May 27, but during discussion noted that officials at the Nishna Valley Family YMCA would open up two lanes in their pool to allow people to swim laps.
Reynolds also said museums, zoos and wedding reception venues can reopen on Friday and she expressed confidence the state can respond if there’s an outbreak.
Also reopening in time for Memorial Day activities are state campground restrooms, showers and cabins. Camping will be allowed for tents and all campers, but playgrounds, shelters and visitor centers remain closed.
Reynolds said bars can reopen next week at 50 percent capacity. She also said it’s time for summer school-sponsored activities such as softball and baseball to resume as of June 1 and that she will provide more details Thursday about schools.
Reynolds said the state’s testing capability allows officials to track and respond to any outbreaks that may occur.
Reynolds said she believes new cases and death reports are stabilizing, although the state continues to typically see around 200 to 300 new positive cases a day and a dozen deaths.
“We’ve demonstrated we have the resources to manage any type of an uptick or surge,” she said.
Casinos were not included in the governor’s plans, and Reynolds said conversations are under way with the industry to determine how they might reopen.