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about the pledge

What is the Citizen Pledge? A voluntary commitment to do your best, each and every day, to keep COVID-19 at bay.

Why Take the Pledge? Healthy communities are a shared responsibility. Following general best practices will help protect you and slow the spread of COVID-19 to others.

How Can You Show Support? Show others you’re doing your part to fight COVID-19 by applying the Show Me Strong Pledge frame to your Facebook and Instagram profile pictures.


When you take the Pledge, you are agreeing to do your best, each and every day, to keep COVID-19 at bay.

The best practice guidelines below were developed by healthcare organizations, and your local municipality or health department may have more stringent requirements you will need to follow.

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In accordance with CDC recommendations, you are strongly encouraged to maintain six feet of physical separation whenever possible.

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In accordance with the CDC, a cloth face mask / covering is suggested when in a public setting where social distancing is difficult or not possible to maintain. Wear a mask at all times when around people who don’t live in your household to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. Avoid singing, chanting or shouting, especially when not wearing a mask and within 6 feet of others.
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Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

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Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

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Stay home if you are sick, except to seek medical care.

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When you get into any vehicle, buckle up your safety belt. If you are a driver, put the cellphone down. Turn it off if you have to. Every trip, every time.  Learn more…

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Practice self-care. Ask your friends and family how they are managing their self-care. Physically distance while continuing social relationships.

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Consider getting a COVID-19 test if you have symptoms of COVID-19, have been in close contact with someone who is a confirmed COVID-19 case, or if your healthcare provider or local health department refers you to testing.

This Pledge is voluntary and based on the honor system. It is up to the individual to follow best practice guidelines. The State of Missouri is not responsible for actions taken by individuals or businesses nor does the State endorse any individual or business that downloads the Show Me Strong Pledge icon on the individual’s or business’s social media platforms, accounts, or pages; or that displays the icon in person or otherwise on the individual’s or business’s premises.