Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Wednesday she is lifting restrictions in all 99 counties starting Friday.
"With everyone working together, we can and must reopen our economy. We can restart in a stable, safe, and responsible way," Reynolds said during her daily briefing. "And we can slow the spread, protect the health of Iowans and their livelihood, and protect the health care system in the long run."
Reynolds previously lifted restrictions in 77 of Iowa's 99 counties, allowing restaurants, fitness centers, retail stores and enclosed malls to reopen. Her announcement Wednesday allows the remaining 22 counties to reopen these businesses and adds salons, barbershops, and massage therapy services.
Like the counties where restrictions have already been lifted, the remaining counties will all be allowed to resume some church services, elective surgeries, and dental services. Farmers markets, campgrounds, drive-in movie theaters, tanning facilities, and medical spas will be allowed to reopen in the remaining 22 counties as well.
The reopening comes with the same guidelines issued for Iowans in the previous 77 counties, which includes staying home as much as possible if you are over 65 or have an underlying condition, social distancing, and wearing a face covering when you cannot maintain six feet of distance.
The Iowa Department of Public Health has issued further guidelines for businesses that include frequent cleaning and disinfecting, providing hand soap and hand sanitizer, displaying signs that encourage people to stay six feet apart, and wearing face coverings when social distancing is not possible.