ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Governor Mike Parson says the state is ready to reopen. Missouri will move into Phase 2 of reopening on Tuesday, June 16. All restrictions will be removed statewide.
“Phase 2 means no statewide order. Missouri will be fully open for business,” Parson said.
However, local officials have the discretion to keep guidelines in place. St. Louis City and County still have some public health orders in place to stop the spread of coronavirus.
“Just because we’re fully reopening the state does not mean that the steps we’ve taken so far should be forgotten,” Parson said.
The governor says COVID-19 is still out there. He emphasized the importance of continuing social distancing to keep the virus from spreading. Meanwhile, hospitalizations fell by 43 percent statewide from May 1 to June 10.
Parson also mentioned that the Missouri State Fair will go on but he did not discuss details. He did say there is a chance the fair’s hours of operation could be shorter and the possibility of no concerts.
Emergency declarations will be in place through December 30. This to keep federal money from the CARES Act coming into the state.
The governor is also extending orders to help businesses during the reopening process.
- Executive Order 20-04 easing regulatory burdens and certain provisions related to telemedicine and motor carriers.
- Executive Order 20-05 allowing the sale of unprepared restaurant foods to the public.
- Executive Order 20-06 mobilizing the National Guard in our response efforts.
- Executive Order 20-08 waiving the requirement for a person to be physically present in front of a notary public.
- Executive Order 20-12 is also being extended.
Although the state is moving forward in its Show Me Recovery Plan, the governor is working with community leaders and activities from across the state on other issues.
The governor also met with community leaders and activists today from Kansas City, St. Louis, and Columbia. The meeting, held inside the statehouse, lasted just more than an hour.
President of the Black Kansas City Family organization Ledet Brown said the meeting covered topics about racial issues like police reform and policies across the state.
“We also discussed ways we can go about getting our goals accomplished and what to do about the policing. How can we fix education and things like that,” Brown said. “It was an open table for the conversation as far as actually getting anything done. We have a long way to go.”
Parson said he plans to meet with the group again in the future but they might not all see eye to eye.
“And I want to say that there are some issues that we are not gonna agree on,” Parson said.