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High school baseball and softball can start June 1

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Gov. Kim Reynolds will allow movie theaters, zoos, aquariums, museums and wedding reception venues to reopen Friday, and pools can offer swimming lessons and lap swimming, according to her Wednesday proclamation.

Bars can reopen on May 28, and summer high school baseball and softball teams can start practicing June 1.

“High school athletics was the logical place to start the process of bringing athletics back in season,” Reynolds said Wednesday.

The athletic associations that sanction summer sports agreed to resume the summer sports, and the tentative first date for games is June 15. Spectators can attend.

Spring sports were canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“We trust that our administrators, coaches, umpires and fans will responsibly follow the guidelines in place to keep themselves and each other safe,” said Tom Keating, executive director of the Iowa High School Athletic Association. “This is terrific news and is a step toward getting our student-athletes reconnected to the activities that mean so much to them.”

Casinos are not among the businesses that are allowed to reopen. Reynolds did not say when a decision to reopen them will be made.

State park bathrooms and shower buildings also will reopen, with some restrictions.

The announcements came amid a steady decline in confirmed new coronavirus cases statewide, although the number of infections in western Iowa has risen steadily.

In response to a reporter’s question, Reynolds said it’s possible some of the business restrictions that have been lifted in recent weeks might be reinstated if the number of cases spikes because of the reopenings.

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