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BREAKING: Gov. Reynolds allowing 77 Iowa counties to reopen restaurants, retail stores, gyms, churches starting Friday; other closures extended

On Friday, Gov. Kim Reynolds teased the state. She said farmers markets and on-site surgeries could commence their operations on April 27th. Reynolds also warned that on the 27th, she would commence ‘Phase 1’ of reopening the state. 

And that she did.

For 77 of Iowa counties with either constantly low caseloads of COVID-19 and/or steadying case numbers, a couple types of businesses will be allowed to reopen on May 1st.

The Iowa counties that will have the option of this reopening process include many in the area: Floyd, Howard, Mitchell, Butler, Chickasaw.


The restaurants, retail stores, and gyms will be able to reopen at 50% capacity.

Additionally, churches will be allowed to reopen their doors as long as they adhere to social distancing guidelines. Reynolds says this is due to the significant constitutional right spiritual gatherings have in the United States.


The businesses not listed or ignored in the press conference, will have their closures extended through May 15th.

Reynolds also updated the state on the coronavirus numbers in Iowa; 349 new cases were announced from Sunday.


Here is a list of the counties exempt from these restriction-lifts:

  • Allamakee
  • Benton
  • Black Hawk
  • Bremer
  • Dallas
  • Des Moines
  • Dubuque
  • Fayette
  • Henry
  • Iowa
  • Jasper
  • Johnson
  • Linn
  • Louisa
  • Marshall
  • Muscatine
  • Polk
  • Poweshiek
  • Scott
  • Tama
  • Washington
  • Woodbury

For more information on COVID-19 and to help the state ‘Crush the Curve’ go to

To watch the April 27th Gov. Reynolds press conference follow this link:

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