Campgrounds will be open in time for Mother’s Day

All Iowans  can camp and go to a drive-in movie, a tanning salon, or their dentist starting Friday, but they still can’t legally visit their hairdresser or barber.

Gov Kim Reynolds on Wednesday signed a new proclamation continuing the public health disaster emergency but with some restrictions eased.

Effective May 8 at 5 am, dentists and dental  staffs can resume providing dental services as long as they comply with guidelines provided by the Iowa Dental Board, and as long as they have adequate inventories of personal protective equipment without relying on state or local PPE stockpiles.

Also effective Friday morning, public and private campgrounds statewide can reopen, provided that reasonable measures are in place to ensure social distancing, increased hygiene practices, “and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19.”  Information from the Iowa Department of Natural Resource is posted under the COVID-19 tab on GreeneCountyNewsOnline.

Social and fraternal clubs will remain closed, except that a golf course clubhouse may be open to a minimal extent to facilitate use of the golf course, provided appropriate social distancing practices are followed. A social or fraternal club can reopen to serve food and beverages under the same guidelines in place for restaurants, with a limited capacity, groups no larger than six persons, and social distancing.

The governor eased some restrictions in Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Dallas, Des Moines, Dubuque, Fayette, Henry, Iowa, Jasper, Johnson, Linn, Louisa, Marshall, Muscatine, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Tama, Washington, and Woodbury counties. Enclosed malls may reopen Friday at 5 am, but only at one-half capacity and with food courts and play areas closed.

Hair salons and barbershops remain closed.

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