On April 3, 2020, Missouri Governor Mike Parson and the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services issued a joint “Stay at Home” Order to protect the public and prevent the further spread of COVID-19 (the “Order”), which includes all of the exceptions set forth in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Cyber-Security & Infrastructure Security Agency Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce (the “Guidance”). The Order is effective from April 6, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. through April 24, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., unless extended by the Director. The Governor also issued Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions, which can be found here.
What Activities are Allowed? For individuals, the Order states that individuals residing in Missouri should avoid leaving their homes. When individuals must leave their homes to work, access food, prescriptions, health care or other necessities, or to engage in outdoor activities, they must practice social distancing.
The Order allows the operation of all businesses and performance of all work described in the Guidance which includes:
A complete list of the types of workers that are included as “Essential Infrastructure Workers” can be found here.
Other Provisions: All entities that employ individuals to perform essential worker functions that are engaged in retail sales to the public must limit the number of individuals in any particular retail location as follows:
(1) 25% or less of the entity’s authorized fire or building code occupancy, as set by local authorities for a retail location with square footage of less than 10,000 square feet; and (2) 10% or less of the entity’s authorized fire or building code occupancy, as set by local authorities, for a retail location with square footage of 10,000 square feet or more.
Social distancing must be followed in all circumstances and gatherings of more than ten people in a single space is prohibited. School shall remain closed. Eating in restaurants, bars, and food courts is prohibited; provided however, that use of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options is allowed. No one is permitted to visit nursing homes, long-term care facilities, retirement homes or assisted living facilities unless necessary to provide critical assistance. All state office buildings are closed to the public (this provision does not apply to the State Capitol Building during meetings or proceedings of the General Assembly). The Order also states that it does not prohibit or restrict the lawful possession, transfer, sale, transportation, storage, display or use of firearms or ammunition during the declared state of emergency.
Please click here for links to other mandates issued by states and major municipalities.
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