JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri is extending Phase 1 of reopening through June 15. It was set to expire May 31. The governor says that this will align the reopening with the state of emergency declared in Missouri. It will also help all communities open at the same time.
The governor was asked if the weekend scenes from the Lake of the Ozarks were a factor, he said no. He said a big part of the decision to extend the order involved the fact the St. Louis and Kansas City areas are facing bigger challenges than more rural parts of the state.
In Phase 1 events like weddings, county fairs, summer camps are all still allowed. People should just remember to stay six feet apart. The governor stresses using common sense to keep the state moving forward towards fully reopening.
The current state order includes restrictions on how many customers can enter a business based on building size and includes a six-foot social distancing requirement unless performing a job that requires closer contact with individuals.
One thing that’s been clear is that there’s been little enforcement of social distancing guidelines. The governor repeated today he will leave that up to local authorities and does not intend on having state authorities monitoring how far people are standing apart.
Gov. Parson expects the economy to recover faster than a normal recession. He is confident that the state will be back on track by the third or fourth quarter.
CVS has announced that it will open 22 testing sites at selected pharmacies across the state. This will help Missouri meet the state’s testing goals.
The Governor said he will be in St. Louis County Friday to join County Executive Dr. Sam Page for a briefing. He will also be delivering some masks to people in the St. Louis region.