Des Moines will allow parades, festivals, sporting events and other gatherings of more than 10 people on public property beginning July 1, Mayor Frank Cownie announced Friday.
The city has had limited events in public locations since March 15 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Street permits must be requested 30 to 90 days in advance of the event. There is a separate permit for parades, with applications required at least four days in advance.
Any events on public property will have to meet physical distancing and safety requirements set by the Iowa Department of Public Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“As the COVID-19 numbers have improved the last five weeks, this is a step back to normal operations,” City Manager Scott Sanders said in a statement. “There is an opportunity to carefully start reintroducing public events into our community in a safe and thoughtful manner.”