Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a new proclamation today that will enable a number of public gathering venues to reopen on a restricted basis. 

Effective Friday, movie theaters, zoos, aquariums, museums and wedding reception venues will be permitted to reopen with appropriate public health measures in place. Swimming pools will also be permitted to reopen for lap swimming and swimming lessons only. Except for these limited purposes, all swimming pools and spas, wading pools, water slides, wave pools, spray pads and bath houses otherwise remain closed. 

The proclamation, which continues the public health disaster emergency, also permits summer school activities, including baseball and softball, to resume on June 1. 

Reynolds also announced that bars and other alcohol-related establishments that have been limited to carryout and delivery will be permitted to reopen on May 28 for indoor and outdoor seating. These establishments will follow the same public health measures that restaurants have been implementing for the past several weeks.

Auctions will be allowed to be held under certain conditions beginning Friday if no more than 25 people are present in person. Auctions with more than 25 people attending in person may operate only if they are conducted outdoors and the auction organizer takes measures to ensure that each group or individual attending alone maintains at least 6 feet of physical distance. All other auctions continue to be prohibited until May 28.  

In the proclamation, Reynolds strongly encouraged all vulnerable Iowans, including those with preexisting medical conditions and those older than 65, to continue to limit their activities outside their home. That includes visits to businesses and other establishments and their participation in gatherings of any size and any purpose, the proclamation said.

The proclamation can be found in its entirety here.