COVID-19 Information

Current as of 05/08/2020 at 2:54 pm.

Current COVID-19 Information website:

RMCC Region 6 includes Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Clayton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Grundy, Howard, Jones, Linn, and Winneshiek counties.

We will attempt to update this information during the pandemic. The information provided on this website does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice; instead, all information, content, and materials available on this site are for general informational purposes only.  Information on this website may not constitute the most up-to-date information.  This website contains links to other third-party websites.  Such links are only for the convenience of the reader, user or browser.

All vulnerable Iowans, including those with preexisting medical conditions and those older than 65, in all counties of the state to continue to limit their activities outside of their home, including their visits to businesses and other establishments and their participation in gatherings of any size and any purpose.

*Unless noted, all restrictions are in effect until Wednesday, May 27, 2020.*

REOPENING OF BUSINESSES AND ESTABLISHMENTS

(The following applies to all counties except Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Dallas, Des Moines, Dubuque, Fayette, Henry, Iowa, Jasper, Johnson, Linn, Louisa, Marshall, Muscatine, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Tama, Washington, or Woodbury County)

FITNESS CENTERS / HEALTH CLUBS, SPAS, OR GYMS

  • Capacity limited: The establishment must limit the number of customers present to 50% of its maximum legal occupancy capacity.
  • Social distancing: The establishment must ensure that all equipment, such as treadmills, bikes, weight machines, benches, and power racks, are spaced at least six feet apart or take other appropriate measures to ensure that more closely spaced equipment is not used.
  • Group activities: Any group activities or classes must be limited to ten or fewer people and all people participating must maintain a distance of six feet apart at all times.
  • Social distancing, hygiene, and public health measures: The establishment shall also implement reasonable measures under the circumstances of each establishment to ensure social distancing of employees and customers, increased hygiene practices, and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 consistent with guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

LIBRARIES

  • A library may reopen provided that it limits the number of patrons present to 50% of its maximum legal occupancy capacity and implements reasonable measures under the circumstances of each library to ensure social distancing of employees and patrons, increased hygiene practices, and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 consistent with guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

MALLS

  • Capacity limited: The mall must limit the number of customers present to 50% of its maximum legal occupancy capacity.
  • Common seating areas: All common seating areas, such as food courts, shall remain closed. Restaurants in food courts may operate on a carry-out basis.
  • Play areas: Any play area or playground must remain closed.
  • Social distancing, hygiene, and public health measures: The mall shall also implement reasonable measures under the circumstances of each mall to ensure social distancing of employees and customers, increased hygiene practices, and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 consistent with guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

RACE TRACKS

  • A speedway or race track, other than a track conducting horse or dog races, may reopen its operations provided that it does not permit any spectators to attend its events in person.

RELIGIOUS & SPIRITUAL GATHERINGS

  • Restriction on religious and spiritual gatherings are lifted so long as churches and other gathering hosts implement reasonable public health measures.

RESTAURANTS

  • Capacity limited: The restaurant must limit the number of customers present at indoor or outdoor spaces to 50% of its normal operating capacity to ensure adequate spacing of groups.
  • Groups limited: The restaurant must ensure that no group of customers seated together in the restaurant is larger than six people.
  • Social distancing: The restaurant must ensure at least six feet of physical distance between each group or individual dining alone.
  • Self-service prohibited:  The restaurant must not have any self-service of food or beverages, including buffets or salad bars.
  • Social distancing, hygiene, and public health measures: The restaurant shall also implement reasonable measures under the circumstances of each restaurant to ensure social distancing of employees and customers, increased hygiene practices, and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 consistent with guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals and the Iowa Department of Public Health.
  • This paragraph DOES NOT reopen a bar, which must remain closed to the public except when operating as a restaurant.

OTHER RETAIL ESTABLISHMENTS

  • A retail establishments that was previously ordered to be closed statewide, and is now ordered to be closed only in certain counties under section 5, paragraph I, may reopen, but only to the extent that it limits the number of customers present to 50% of its maximum legal occupancy capacity and implements reasonable measures under the circumstances of each establishment to ensure social distancing of employees and customers, increased hygiene practices, and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 consistent with guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

SOCIAL & FRATERNAL CLUBS

All social and fraternal clubs, including but not limited to American Legion or VFW posts, Elks Clubs, country clubs, and golf course clubhouses shall be closed, except that a golf course clubhouse may also be open to the minimal extent necessary to facilitate use of the golf course provided appropriate social distancing practices are implemented and any such social or fraternal club may reopen to serve food and beverages on its premises, but only to the extent that it complies with the following requirements:

  • Capacity limited: The club must limit the number of customers present at indoor or outdoor spaces to 50% of its normal operating capacity to ensure adequate spacing of groups.
  • Groups limited: The club must ensure that no group of customers seated together in the restaurant is larger than six people.
  • Social distancing: The club must ensure at least six feet of physical distance between each group or individual dining alone.
  • Self-service prohibited:  The club must not have any self-service of food or beverages, including buffets or salad bars.
  • Social distancing, hygiene, and public health measures: The club shall also implement reasonable measures under the circumstances of each restaurant to ensure social distancing of employees and customers, increased hygiene practices, and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 consistent with guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals and the Iowa Department of Public Health.
  • Food Service Required: If the club serves alcoholic beverages and the service of food is merely incidental to the consumption of beverages and is limited to the service of ice, snack foods and the reheating of commercially prepared foods such as frozen pizza, pre-packaged sandwiches, or other prepackaged, ready-to-serve products, the club shall continue to be closed to the public except that to the extent permitted by applicable law as modified by the suspensions in this Proclamation, and in accordance with any recommendations of the Iowa Department of Public Health, food and beverages may be sold if such food or beverages are promptly taken from the premises, such as on a carry-out or drive-through basis, or if the food or beverage is delivered to customers off the premises.

REOPENING OF BUSINESSES AND ESTABLISHMENTS

(The following applies to the entire state of Iowa.)

DENTAL SERVICES

A dentist and his or her dental staff may resume providing any dental services if the dentist complies with the following requirements:

  • All dental services are provided in compliance with the Guidelines for the Safe Transition Back to Practice adopted by the Iowa Dental Board on May 5, 2020.
  • The dentist has adequate inventories of personal protective equipment (PPE) and access to a reliable supply chain without relying on state or local PPE stockpiles to comply with the Guidance for Returning to Work During COVID-19.
  • The dentist has a plan to conserve PPE consistent with guidance from the CDC and Iowa Department of Public Health.

The performance of any dental procedures except in compliance with the above continue to be prohibited.

This order shall be enforced by Iowa Dental Board investigators or their designees who, pursuant to Iowa Code § 153.33(1)(b), shall have the powers and status of peace officers when enforcing this order.

CAMPGROUNDS

  • Any public or private campground may reopen, provided that the campground implements reasonable measures under the circumstances of each campground to ensure social distancing, increased hygiene practices, and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 consistent with guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

DRIVE-IN MOVIE THEATERS

  • The closure of theaters where motion pictures are shown shall not apply to a drive-in movie theater. A drive-in movie theater may reopen, but only to the extent that the theater ensures that all cars are parked at least six feet apart and takes other reasonable measures under the circumstances of each theater to ensure social distancing of employees and patrons, increased hygiene practices, and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 consistent with Guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

MEDICAL SPAS

  • Medical spas, as defined in Iowa Admin Code § 653-13.8(1), may reopen to provide medical aesthetic services, but only if the medical spa complies with the requirements for performing outpatient procedures that utilize PPE in section 10, paragraph A, of the Proclamation of Disaster Emergency issued or April 27, 2020.

TANNING FACILITIES

  • A tanning facility, as defined by Iowa Code § 136D.2(5), may reopen, but only to the extent that the facility takes other reasonable measures under the circumstances of each theater to ensure social distancing of employees and patrons, increased hygiene practices, and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 consistent with Guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

STATEWIDE EXTENSION OF CLOSURES AND ORDERS

(The following only applies to the following counties: Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Dallas, Des Moines, Dubuque, Fayette, Henry, Iowa, Jasper, Johnson, Linn, Louisa, Marshall, Muscatine, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Tama, Washington, or Woodbury County)

FITNESS CENTERS

  • All fitness centers, health clubs, health spas, gyms, aquatic centers shall continue to be closed, except that such a facility may open on an appointment basis, provided that the facility permits only a single patron at one time and takes reasonable measures under the circumstances of each facility to ensure social distancing of employees and patrons, increased hygiene practices, and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 consistent with Guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

MALLS

An enclosed mall may reopen, but only to the extent that it complies with the following requirements:

  • Capacity limited: The mall must limit the number of customers present to 50% of its maximum legal occupancy capacity.
  • Common seating areas: All common seating areas, such as food courts, shall remain closed. Restaurants in food courts may operate on a carry-out basis.
  • Play areas: Any play area or playground must remain closed.
  • Social distancing, hygiene, and public health measures: The mall shall also implement reasonable measures under the circumstances of each mall to ensure social distancing of employees and customers, increased hygiene practices, and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 consistent with guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health.
  • Other retail establishments:  A retail establishments that was previously ordered to be closed under section 5, paragraph I, of the Proclamation of Disaster Emergency issued on April 27, 2020, may reopen, but only to the extent that it limits the number of customers present to 50% of its maximum legal occupancy capacity and implements reasonable measures under the circumstances of each establishment to ensure social distancing of employees and customers, increased hygiene practices, and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 consistent with guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

STATEWIDE EXTENSION OF CLOSURES AND ORDERS

Effective until 11:59 p.m. on May 15, 2020:

EMPLOYEE AND PUBLIC PROTECTION

  • All employers shall evaluate whether any more of their employees can feasibly work remotely and to the extent reasonable, shall take steps to enable such employees to work from home.
  • All businesses or other employers remaining open with in-person operations shall take reasonable precautions to ensure the health of their employees and members of the public, including appropriate employee screening, social distancing practices, and increased cleaning and hygiene practices.
  •  This section shall not be a basis for closing or taking other enforcement action against a business or other employer absent an additional specific order or directive of the Iowa Department of Public Health.

GOVERNMENT SERVICES / REGULATIONS

  • Driver Licenses: Driver’s licenses will not expire during the proclamation and those that expired 60 days prior to March 17, 2020 (January 17, 2020) are not invalid during the proclamation.
  • Hours of Service (Commercial Vehicles): Hours of services of motor carriers and drivers of commercial motor vehicles are expanded so long as they are actively transporting medical assets related to the COVID-19 event.
  • Oversize/Overweight Loads: Oversize and overweight loads of food, medical supplies, cleaning products, and other household goods, are allowable so long as the loads do not exceed 90,000 pounds gross weight during the proclamation.
  • Vehicle Registration: Vehicle registration, registration cards, and registration plates will not expire during the proclamation, and those that expired 60 days prior to March 17, 2020 (January 17, 2020) are not invalid during the proclamation.
  • Weapons Permits: Permits to carry will not expire for state carrying purposes only. Persons having expired permits and attempting to use the expired permit to acquire a pistol or revolver will still have to go through a background check at the time of purchase.

CLUBS

  • Social and fraternal clubs, including those at golf courses.
  • Closure includes, but is not limited to, American Legion or VFW posts, Elks Clubs, and golf course clubhouses except that food and beverages may be sold if food or beverages are promptly taken from the premises.
  • A golf course clubhouse may also be open to the minimal extent necessary to facilitate use of the golf course provided appropriate social distancing practices are implemented

DOOR-TO-DOOR SALES

  • Unsolicited door-to-door sales to homes and residences are prohibited.
  • The order does not address door-to-door sales at businesses. 

ENTERTAINMENT

  • Amusement parks.
  • Aquariums.
  • Arcades.
  • Bingo halls.
  • Bowling alleys.
  • Casinos and gaming facilities.
  • Libraries.
  • Museums.
  • Playgrounds or children’s play centers (indoor and outdoor).
    • Closure order does not apply to playgrounds at private residences or childcare facilities.
  • Pool halls.
  • Race tracks and speedway.
  • Roller or ice skating rinks and skate parks.
  • Theaters.
  • Swimming pools.
  • Zoos.

MALLS

  • Interior common areas and any retail establishment that is only accessible from the interior common areas.
  • Any retail establishment that may be directly accessed from outside the mall (and not required to be closed by another provision) may stay open (e.g. a Target attached to a mall)

PERSONAL CARE

  • Barbershops.
  • Fitness centers.
  • Massage therapy establishments.
  • Medical spas.
  • Salons.
  • Tanning facilities.
  • Tattoo establishments.

RESTAURANTS & BARS

  • Except for drive-though, carry-out, or delivery.
  • Bars and restaurants can sell mixed drinks or cocktails for consumption off the premises, if sealed.
    • This does not change Iowa’s open container laws.
    • “To-go” alcohol restrictions are extended until April 30, 2020, but again, open-container in vehicle provisions are not altered or modified.  The proclamation also continues to make clear that it is to be enforced by all peace officers of the state, not just DPS peace officers.

STORES

  • Adult stores.
  • Gaming stores.
  • Instrument stores.
  • Movie stores.
  • Music stores.
  • Tobacco or vaping stores.
  • Toy stores.

Traditional storefront operation (i.e. not online or phone orders) of other nonessential retail establishments, as determined by the primary purpose of the business:

  • Bookstores;
  • Clothing stores;
  • Florists;
  • Furniture and home furnishing stores;
  • Jewelry stores;
  • Luggage stores;
  • Shoes stores;
  • Cosmetic, beauty, or perfume stores.

This closure order does not affect other retail establishments, such as:

  • Discount stores,
  • Grocery stores, or
  • Pharmacies that sell these goods in addition to other essential food, medical supplies, and household goods. 

The store’s primary purpose determines whether it must close.  Operating one of the enumerated businesses and incidentally selling food or health care supplies does not change the primary purpose of that business.  For example, a jewelry store that also sells chocolates must close, as well as a shoe store that sells non-prescription orthotics.