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What's open over Memorial Day weekend in Eastern Iowa

Malls, parks among places open with some limitations

Katlin Brown and Jeff Boyd of Iowa City on May 21 walk with their daughter along the Clear Creek Trail in Coralville. (J
Katlin Brown and Jeff Boyd of Iowa City on May 21 walk with their daughter along the Clear Creek Trail in Coralville. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
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As many Iowa businesses begin to reopen and people look for things to do over the long Memorial Day weekend, here’s a rundown of some of the places that will be open — and some still off limits.

There continue to be restrictions on businesses, and many have changed their hours or operate by appointment only. So it’s best to call ahead to make sure a place is open.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people maintain at least 6 feet of distance between other people and wear a face covering when others are nearby.

In addition to those precautions, you’ll need to contend with the weather. It’ll be warm, the National Weather Service says, but expect rain and maybe storms.

For the shoppers

NewBo Public Market is open, but hours vary depending on the vendor and change often. Some vendors haven’t reopened. A NewBo spokesperson said there typically are four to five shops open at any point.

Coral Ridge Mall in Coralville will operate with normal hours with 53 retailers open as of Thursday. That includes all anchor tenants except JCPenney.

Lindale Mall in Cedar Rapids will be open with normal business hours as well. Open retailers include Von Maur, Rue 21 and Footlocker.

For craft beer lovers

Big Grove’s Iowa City Taproom and Solon Brewpub are open with in-restaurant dining.

Lion’s Bridge and Thew Brewing Company are continuing curbside pickup but not open for in-restaurant dining yet.

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Clock House Brewing is doing carryout and has its patio open.

For outdoors lovers

The trails at Indian Creek Nature Center are open, but the buildings are closed.

Cedar Rapids parks are open with some restrictions to keep patrons safe. Ellis and Gardner golf courses also are open with restrictions, in addition to tennis courts and disc golf courses. But pools, playgrounds, basketball and volleyball courts, restrooms and other pavilions, baseball fields and other facilities are closed. A full list of facility openings and closures is available on the Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation website.

Similarly, many Iowa City pools, sports fields and recreation centers are closed, but city parks remain open.

Mount Trashmore is closed but is expected to open next month. The landfill-turned-park has been under construction since late fall.

Iowa’s state parks are open, but shelters, lodges, museums, visitor centers and nature centers on park grounds remain closed. Camping cabins and yurts along with modern restrooms and shower buildings are reopening. But weekend camping reservations and cabin rentals have gone fast.

For families and museumgoers

The Metro Library Network — consisting of the Cedar Rapids, Marion and Hiawatha libraries — is offering a low-contact or no-contact curbside pickup every weekday. Cedar Rapids and Hiawatha also are doing curbside pickup on weekends. None of the buildings are open yet.

The Iowa City Public Library remains closed to keep employees safe, officials said.

The National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa has reopened with several restrictions. Patrons must use a credit or debit card and be at least be 16 years old.

The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque opens Saturday. Visitors must purchase tickets in advance as part of the museum’s efforts to limit how many people are in the venue at one time. Staff will be wearing masks and visitors are encouraged to wear them also.

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The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, which shut down in the middle of a major traveling exhibit “Across the Atlantic: Impressionism through the French Lens,” is among many museums in the area to stay closed for now.

AirFX Trampoline Park’s mini golf course is open, but the trampoline park is closed.

Collins Road Theatres is closed but will reopen May 29.

Comments: john.steppe@thegazette.com

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