On Monday, April 27th, Governor Mike Parson issued the “Show-Me Strong Recovery Plan” for the strategic ‘re-opening’ of the State from earlier ‘stay at home’ Orders issued to combat the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. Beginning on Monday, May 4th, all businesses, religious and social organizations may – at their discretion – reopen. However, some common sense guidelines must be followed to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 resurgence in the State.
Under this flexible set of guidelines, counties and cities are given the option of adopting more stringent Orders. On Thursday, April 30th, Greene County did so – issuing an amendment to their earlier ‘stay at home’ order.
As of this writing, it is NOT the intention of Webster County to issue any additional Orders – but to stay with the less restrictive State guidelines.
That being said, the Webster County Health Unit has done a great job in developing voluntary guidelines / “best practices” for local businesses and other organizations to refer to when making their decision on when/how to reopen. Those guidelines may be found among the resources below:
As you may well know, Governor Mike Parson has issued a statewide ‘stay at home’ Order, which will become effective at 12:01am on Monday, April 6, 2020. With a few exceptions, this act merely extends measures already in effect in Webster County to other counties which had yet to enact similar Orders.
Among the exceptions are new requirements for essential retailers to limit the number of people in their facility at a given time (see full text of Order, below).
However, our initial understanding of this new Order is that local definitions of what businesses are “essential” remain intact. We will continue to study the situation, and provide updates as any new information comes available.