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PUBLIC HEALTH

Businesses, swimming pools can fully open Friday

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Iowa businesses can operate at full capacity starting Friday, and public pools can open for all swimmers, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced this morning.

Senior centers and adult daycare programs can also reopen.

Reynolds said the lifting of further restrictions — which were put in place to stem the spread of the new coronavirus — is the result of "positive momentum" of confirmed daily cases.

Those new daily cases has plateaued in the past two weeks, but health experts have predicted they will rise again as a result of lifting the restrictions. It's unclear when that rise might occur.

Reynolds began to lift the restrictions in earnest about a month ago, when restaurants and others were allowed to reopen at half capacity. Some restaurants opted to stay closed for in-person dining.

Starting this month, people were able to gather in groups larger than 10, and high school summer sports resumed.

Reynolds said businesses will be asked to encourage social distancing among their customers, which typically means staying 6 feet apart.

An official proclamation about the changes is forthcoming.

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