What precautionary measures could be taken to mitigate the risks of contracting or spreading COVID-19?

Businesses and employees should work together to implement public health and safety measures for employees and customers, including employee use of personal protective equipment if available, in addition to any guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Strict sanitation protocols are also encouraged.

Employees should continue to practice good hygiene, especially if their job duties require contact with other people closer than six feet (6’). Furthermore, elderly or otherwise vulnerable populations should minimize travel to the extent possible and avoid socializing in groups that do not readily allow for appropriate social distancing.

Businesses and citizens are encouraged to continue utilizing delivery services, such as grocery pick-up and/or delivery options, to minimize interaction between people.

What if my job requires me to be within six feet (6’) of another employee and/or customer?

Businesses and employees should work together to implement public health and safety measures for employees and customers, using the above direction as a guide, in addition to any guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Gyms and hotel swimming pools should also adhere to sanitation protocols.

My business has a public waiting room with congregate seating. Should I limit access to it?

Implementing a system where customers/citizens can wait inside their vehicles prior to entering the business is strongly encouraged, as are pre-scheduled appointments to minimize interaction between people. In situations where this is not feasible, such as public transit, medical offices, and parks, entities should develop public health and safety measures using the above direction as a guide, in addition to any guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

How do these guidelines affect non-emergency healthcare, such as a routine eye exam or dental care?

Medical providers, such as dentists and optometrists, may provide usual services at their discretion. Medical providers are encouraged to continue to develop and implement public health and safety measures for employees and patients, using the above direction as a guide, in addition to any guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Implementing a system where patients can wait inside their vehicles prior to entering the office is strongly encouraged, as are pre-scheduled and spaced out appointments to minimize interaction between people.

May food courts and restaurants open their dining rooms?

Yes. We are strongly encouraging restaurants to prioritize public health and safety by implementing measures including, but not limited to, regulating self-serve options such as salad bars and buffets, using disposable menus, and employee use of personal protective equipment if available.

The continued use of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options is encouraged.

How do these guidelines apply to childcare facilities?

Daycares, childcare providers, or schools providing childcare for working families should continue to follow the CDC guidance targeted for those operations found at:   https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/guidance-for-childcare.html.

May I attend service at my place of worship?

Yes. Common practices that may occur with worship services, such as hand shaking and shared communion cups, should be avoided. Places of worship are also encouraged to continue use of alternative means of services through streaming services and other opportunities.

May I visit a loved one in their nursing home?

The State of Missouri and our partners in long-term care are committed to assuring the health and safety of some of our most vulnerable citizens in long-term care facilities throughout the state. Nursing homes, long-term care facilities, retirement homes, or assisted living homes may allow limited visitation in accordance with the guidance set forth by the Department of Health and Senior Services.

Will I still be able to participate in my local parks and recreation organized activities and/or camps this summer?

Yes. Traditional summer activities such as utilizing aquatic facilities, community centers, fitness centers, libraries, organized athletics, and camps offer a variety of recreational opportunities for Missouri citizens. If these services are offered, we encourage adjustments be considered to mitigate the risks of contracting or spreading COVID-19 between participants, patrons, and staff, such as limiting the number of participants, modifying activities, restructuring programs, and increasing sanitization measures for facilities and participants.

Can I attend an event at a large venue or stadium, or go to a movie theater?

Yes. This also includes activities and events such as amusement parks and attractions, concerts, drive-ins, funerals, museums, school graduations and weddings.

Can I attend gatherings during the holidays?

The safest way to celebrate the holidays this year is to celebrate with people in your household. If you do plan to spend the holidays with people outside your household,  take steps to make your celebration safer.

Can I attend my annual county fair?

Yes. We encourage adjustments be considered to mitigate the risks of contracting or spreading COVID-19 between participants, patrons, and staff, such as modifying activities, restructuring programs, and increasing sanitization measures for facilities and participants.

County fair directors and boards are encouraged to work with their local public health authority to develop additional public health and safety measures, including employee use of personal protective equipment if available, in addition to any guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Operators/Management of County Fairs should follow the above General Guidelines for Business, particularly when it comes to addressing Concert/Stock Shows, Entertainment Venues, and Amusement Rides. Strict sanitation protocols are also encouraged.

Workers and Visitors should follow the above General Guidelines for Missourians.

We also advise areas of high touch or high traffic, such as picnic tables and eating areas, are frequently sanitized between users.

How does this affect the academic school year?

School and other activities may proceed under guidelines set forth by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Schools are also not prohibited from providing Food and Nutritional Services for those children that qualify.

Where can I get information regarding Missouri State Parks?

You may find information on the Missouri State Parks webpage, found here: https://mostateparks.com/temporary-closures

Where can I get information about Missouri’s gaming boats?

You may find information on the Missouri Gaming Commission website, found here: http://mgc.dps.mo.gov/Index.html

Can my local health authority impose requirements to address COVID-19 in my community?

Yes. There is currently no state-wide public health order in place. Local health authorities retain their statutory and regulatory authority to establish public health orders as needed for businesses or individuals within their jurisdiction to address positive cases.

The only exception to this authority is the Order from the Director of the Department of Health and Senior Services dated March 24, 2020, removing the authority of a local health authority from closing or restricting the operations of a business which is a part of the food supply, whether that be agricultural production, manufacturing, distribution, or sale of food. This limited waiver does not limit the authority of a local health authority from closing or restricting the operations of a retail food establishment. In addition, the Director of the Department of Health and Senior Services may issue further orders as deemed necessary.