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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.

General Guidelines to Reopen Missouri’s Economy

In light of the expiration of Executive Order 20-09, it is still recommended that Missourians limit our activity and interactions and continue to maintain social distancing and practice good hygiene to protect our neighbors and ourselves. More prescriptive requirements may exist in your community, and individuals are encouraged to check local public health authorities for further guidance.

Missouri’s economy is reopening helping Missourians get back to work. This reopening is possible because of our efforts to pull together and achieve progress on the four health care pillars. This resulted in:

  • 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;
  • Implementing a measured approach to mitigate risk of a resurgence.


It is recommended that businesses continue 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


It is recommended that communities continue to:

  • 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, to include places of worship
  • Facilitate widespread testing of symptomatic and asymptomatic citizens
  • Work to protect the most vulnerable populations


It is recommended that citizens continue to:

  • Stay home if they feel sick
  • Practice good hygiene
  • Avoid socializing in groups that do not readily allow for appropriate physical distancing.
  • Maximize physical distance from others when in public (parks, outdoor recreation areas, shopping areas, etc.)
  • Minimize travel to the extent possible
  • Take enhanced precautionary measures to mitigate the risks of contracting COVID-19 if they are elderly or otherwise vulnerable populations

“It is truly incredible to think about how far Missouri has come since March. At that time, no one knew what to expect. There was a lot of uncertainty, worry, and concern. Concerns that our hospitals would be overwhelmed, and that we would not have enough ICU beds and ventilators. Concerns over PPE shortages. Concerns that testing would not be widely available and many, many other obstacles.

Here we are today, just over 90 days since our first case in Missouri, and we are so proud of our citizens, Missouri companies, and communities across the state for doing their part and using common sense.

Thanks to you, we have overcome ALL of these challenges and more than met our four pillars to reopen.

•   Pillar 1 was testing – we went from testing only a handful of people each day to an average of approximately TEN THOUSAND tests per day over the past 2 weeks. Since April 20, weekly testing has increased more than 220 percent.

•   Pillar 2 was PPE – we continue to receive and distribute PPE across the state, and we received national recognition on the Google PPE marketplace. We currently have over 100 hospitals, 436 suppliers, and more than 1,500 health care providers, Missouri businesses, and other organizations registered in the marketplace.

•   Pillar 3 was hospital capacity – our hospitals were NOT overwhelmed, and we converted a hotel into a hospital in just 11 days thanks to the Missouri National Guard and the Army Corps of Engineers.

•   Pillar 4 was data – we went from having no Missouri specific data to an entire dashboard of data from across the state.

We have learned and accomplished so much since March. Knowing what we know now, we are much better prepared to deal with COVID-19 going forward, which is why we are confident that Missouri is ready to take the next step forward.

Beginning Tuesday, June 16, we will move into Phase 2 of our recovery plan. In Phase 2, there will be NO statewide public health order – Missouri will be fully open for business.

Local officials will still have the ability to put further measures or regulations in place, but from a statewide stance, all restrictions will be lifted.”

– Governor Michael L. Parson, June 11, 2020