CORONAVIRUS

Coronavirus in Iowa, live updates for May 20:

Gov. Reynolds signs proclamation, reopening various venues

Dave Parsons of Iowa City, University of Iowa class of 1975, plays trombone with other members of the University of Iowa
Dave Parsons of Iowa City, University of Iowa class of 1975, plays trombone with other members of the University of Iowa Alumni Pep Band on top of the 10th Street parking ramp at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids on Monday. Parsons covered the end of his trombone with a bandana as a safety precaution, and band members stood six feet apart and played facing away from each other. The band members gathered to play for Mercy medical providers on Monday, and at St. Luke’s Hospital on Tuesday. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

12:25 p.m.: Governor signs proclamation reopening various venues

DES MOINES - Gov. Kim Governor Reynolds signed a new proclamation Wednesday, continuing the Public Health Disaster Emergency.

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.

The proclamation permits summer school activities, including baseball and softball, to resume on June 1.

Governor Reynolds also announced that next Thursday, May 28, bars and other alcohol-related establishments that have been limited to carryout and delivery will be permitted to reopen for indoor or outdoor seating.

These establishments will follow the same public health measures that restaurants have been implementing for the past several weeks.

The proclamation also provides additional regulatory relief to those affected by this disaster and continues to strongly encourages all vulnerable Iowans, including those with preexisting medical conditions and those older than 65, in all counties of the state to continue to limit their activities outside of their home, including their visits to businesses and other establishments and their participation in gatherings of any size and any purpose.

1:50 p.m.: Table to Table revising its spring fundraiser to a quarantine-friendly event

In order to raise funds to deliver food to hunger-relief organizations in our community, Table to Table is reimagining its spring fundraiser dinner into a quarantine-friendly event: Recipes to the Rescue.

The event features recipes from local restaurant chefs and owners collected in a recipe book, guiding a week-long celebration of good-cooking, community, and food rescue in eastern Iowa May 25-30.

Ticket orders are due Monday.

Funds raised support Table to Table’s local food operations, which feed 19,000 Johnson County residents struggling with food insecurity each year.

Contact Anne Langebartels, Communications and Development Coordinator, with questions: anne@table2table.org.

9:35 a.m.: Iowa City Water Division: Flush plumbing upon reopening

IOWA CITY — Iowa City’s Water Division encourages property owners to flush their plumbing following extended closures. This guidance pertains to commercial buildings, apartments and private residential properties, and is recommended to help maintain water quality.

Flushing water lines moves fresh water into your plumbing, displacing any water that has been sitting in the pipes during the closure.

The following steps can be taken for smaller, basic building plumbing systems:

* Disconnect or bypass any point-of-use treatment equipment (i.e. filters or softeners), and remove faucet aerators.

* Flush the service line by locating and opening several cold water faucets closest to the water meter and allow to run for a minimum of 15 minutes. Next, open the remaining cold water faucets in succession and flush for a minimum of 8 minutes each.

* Flush all appliances that use water. Run an empty load in the dishwasher, let the water flow through drinking water fixtures, faucets and drinking fountains. Don’t forget to flush kitchen sink sprayers. Empty the ice from the ice maker bin, run and discard two additional batches of ice.

* Flush all toilets, spas and water features like fountains. Follow manufacturer’s instructions on filter replacement

* Flush your hot water lines starting with the faucet closest to the water heater. Open all hot water faucets in succession and run for 8 minutes. Repeat until hot water is depleted.

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