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Iowa Gov. Reynolds announces more of state to re-open June 1

Casinos, amusement parks, bowling alleys and race tracks will open.

Posted: May 26, 2020 11:22 AM
Updated: May 27, 2020 2:47 AM

Iowa’s re-opening will continue June 1 with casinos, amusement parks and bowling alleys being allowed to open their doors.

Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday those venues will be allowed to open at 50% capacity.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds holds a news conference on COVID-19 at the State Emergency Operations Center in Johnston, Iowa, on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. (Olivia Sun/The Des Moines Register via AP, Pool)

This also includes the Diamond Jo Casino in Worth County, who announced they will also reopen on the 1st. When you walk inside, though, you will notice some changes, with Diamond Jo's parent company Boyd Gaming announcing the following measures as part of the "Boyd Clean" initiative:

• Mandatory face coverings and temperature checks for all team members;
• Social distancing requirements and capacity restrictions across all customer and team member areas, including casino floors and restaurants;
• Enhanced cleaning and sanitation of all high-touch surfaces, including door handles, gaming machines, table games, handrails and elevator buttons;
• Increased placement of hand sanitizer dispensers throughout our properties;
• Required training for all team members on our safety protocols.

Michelle Neeley is the General Manager of the Holiday Inn & Suites, which sits across from the casino. She's eager to welcome people back to the area.

"Once the casino opens, that'll be a huge impact for us. We're getting phone calls non stop of people asking, 'when is the casino open?' They've been calling for months."

The pandemic has not helped matters, as Neeley has had to let some staffers go due to a decline in business over the past couple of months. Now that occupancy is picking back up, she's been able to bring back a good chunk of her staff. With the casino planning to reopen, she's hoping to regain some much needed revenue.

"With March Madness, we were sold out for multiple days. We went from our biggest month since we've been open to our worst month ever. We're looking to recoup whatever we can at this point."

In addition, the Governor announced that speedways and race tracks can open events to spectators at 50% as well.

Reynolds also said that games and practices for youth and adult baseball and softball will be allowed starting June 1.

Reynolds said protocols inside casinos, including smoking, will not change. 

She says she will lift a moratorium on evictions and allow gatherings of more than 10 people to resume as she removes more restrictions meant to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Advocates for low-income tenants have warned that scores of tenants who have lost income due to the coronavirus pandemic could face eviction in coming months.

You can read the full release from the governor here. 

 

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