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Rapidly expand testing capacity and volume in the state, including testing for those who are currently contagious and those who have developed immunity to the virus.

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Expanding reserves of personal protective equipment (PPE) by opening public and private supply chains, and continuing to utilize Missouri businesses in that effort.

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Continuing to monitor and, if necessary, expanding hospital and health care system capacity, including isolation and alternate care facilities for those that cannot self-quarantine at home.

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Improving the ability to predict potential outbreaks using Missouri’s public health data.

Current Orders

The Director of the Department of Health and Senior Services issued Economic Reopening Health Order effective 12:00 A.M., Monday, June 1, 2020, and shall remain in effect until 11:59 P.M., Monday, June 15, 2020, unless extended by further order not to exceed the duration of the effective period of Executive Order 20-09.

As the state prepares to move into the economic recovery phase of COVID-19, Governor Mike Parson signed Executive Order 20-09 extending the state of emergency in Missouri through June 15, 2020.

Governor Parson initially declared the state of emergency on March 13 with the signing of Executive Order 20-02.

General Guidelines to Reopen Missouri’s Economy

During the initial phase, we can gradually start to reopen economic and social activity. This will be a deliberate process, and is flexible to adapt to the situation. Some communities may be able to reopen at a faster rate, while others may need to continue restrictions to keep the virus from spreading. During this time, we should limit our activity and interactions and continue to maintain social distancing and practice good hygiene to protect our neighbors and ourselves.

The plan to reopen the economy and get Missourians back to work is based on ensuring a healthy workforce by:

  • Flattening the curve and expanding healthcare capacity, while utilizing federal programs and deploying state resources;
  • Making decisions based on Missouri-specific data and medical expertise;
  • Protecting healthcare workers, first responders, and other direct care workers so that our citizens have access to the care they need;
  • Looking after our most vulnerable and at-risk populations;
  • Partnering with community leaders and incorporating flexibility based on each community’s circumstances;
  • Slowing and containing the spread of COVID-19;
  • Implementing a measured approach to mitigate risk of a resurgence.


  • Prepare to implement basic infection prevention measures informed by industry best practices.
  • Modify physical workspaces to maximize social distancing.
  • Minimize business travel.
  • Develop an infectious disease preparedness and response plan, including policies and procedures for workforce contact tracing when an employee tests positive for COVID-19.
  • Monitor workforce for indicative symptoms. Do not allow symptomatic people to physically return to work until cleared by a medical provider.
  • Develop, implement, and communicate about workplace flexibilities and protections.


  • Closely monitor and track the containment, spread, and any resurgence of COVID-19, and adjust plans as necessary.
  • Limit situations where citizens cannot maintain social distancing.
  • Facilitate widespread testing of symptomatic and asymptomatic citizens.
  • Work to protect the most vulnerable populations.
  • Local authorities may issue additional orders consistent with the state health order.
  • Individuals may go to and from a place of worship, provided that limitations on social distancing are properly adhered to.


  • Citizens who feel sick should stay home!
  • Continue to practice good hygiene.
  • Avoid socializing in groups that do not readily allow for appropriate physical distancing (receptions, trade shows, etc.).
  • When in public (parks, outdoor recreation areas, shopping areas, etc.), individuals should maximize physical distance from others.
  • Minimize travel to the extent possible.
  • Elderly or otherwise vulnerable populations should take enhanced precautionary measures to mitigate the risks of contracting COVID-19.

Missouri’s businesses, communities and citizens have made significant changes to their ways of living and have shown their resilience during these challenging times. State information and federal guidance show that a strategic reopening of Missouri’s economy can only be successful if we take proactive steps to mitigate the risk of a COVID-19 resurgence.

These guidelines are meant to empower you with the critical information you’ll need for a successful and safe reopening. We are in this together, and by working together, we will come out better and stronger than ever before.

~ Governor Mike Parson