Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced today that 77 of the state's 99 counties can reopen restaurants, fitness centers, retail stores and enclosed malls at 50% capacity beginning May 1.
Reynolds also said that she is lifting the ban on religious gatherings of more than 10 people.
This approach takes "a targeted approach to loosening restrictions" and focuses on counties "where there is no virus activity or where virus activity has been consistently low and shown a downward trend," Reynolds said.
Counties where Covid-19 activity is higher will have their closures extended through May 15, the governor said.
"It's based on a stabilization and it's based on virus activity and the amount of new cases over the past 14 days," Reynolds said.
She added that business and churches approved for reopening "must also adhere to social distancing, hygiene, public health measures, and business guidelines from the department of public health" to reduce the spread of Covid-19.
Reynolds also said that restaurants will have to keep tables at least six feet apart and limit the number of people that can be at a table.