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PUBLIC HEALTH

Governor lifts restrictions on businesses for most of Iowa

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Restaurants and retail stores in 77 of Iowa's 99 counties that were ordered to close or to operate under significant restrictions because of the coronavirus pandemic will be allowed to reopen Friday at "50 percent of normal operating capacity," Gov. Kim Reynolds announced this morning at her daily press conference.

Those restrictions will be lifted in virtually all of western Iowa with the exception of Woodbury County, where confirmed coronavirus cases have exploded in the past week. There are now 495 cases in Woodbury, where the county seat is Sioux City.

State health officials expect the rate of coronavirus infection in Iowa to peak in the coming weeks. There were 349 new conformed cases reported today and nine deaths.

More specific information about the change in restrictions for businesses is available here.

Reynolds also said that social gatherings will continue to be limited to groups of 10 people or fewer with the exception of "spiritual gatherings."

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