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Missouri Government Actions on COVID-19 – Updated 4/2/2020

April 2, 2020

Today’s update relays the Governor’s actions related to freezing the state budget and the courts’ extension of social distancing measures.  Additionally, there is an update on the City of St. Louis’ response to COVID-19.

RESOURCE ALLOCATION

 ACTIONS IMPACTING AGENCY WORKFLOW

  • The Missouri Supreme Court extended its statewide suspension of most in-person courtroom proceedings through May 1, 2020. The order is to apply to all in-person hearings before the appellate and circuit courts, including juvenile, family, and municipal. However, judges have been using, and will continue to use, teleconferencing and videoconferencing for hearings in an attempt to prevent a major backlog once social distancing restrictions are lifted. For more information, or for other important court updates, visit https://www.courts.mo.gov/page.jsp?id=151993.
  • In an effort to continue social distancing and stop the spread of COVID-19, St. Louis City Buildings, including City Hall, will be closing until further notice. The Mayor of the City of St. Louis, Lyda Krewson, announced that visitors will no longer by allowed inside and a very limited number of employees will remain at the buildings, while many continue to work from home. Like many businesses, this decision was made in the best interest of the citizens and employees. For more information on the closing, visit https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/mayor/news/visitors-no-longer-allowed-inside-city-of-st-louis-buildings.cfm

HeplerBroom attorney Emilee M. Bramstedt contributed to this blog post.

COVID-19 Updates

HeplerBroom LLC COVID-19 Response

HeplerBroom has been diligently working on its response and continuity plan to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to keep the health and safety of our employees, their families, and our clients as our top priority.

To help ensure everyone’s continued health and well-being, effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, all attorneys and staff will be working remotely until March 31. This is an unprecedented and dynamic situation, and HeplerBroom is committed to observing governmental suggestions and requirements concerning public health while continuing to provide legal service second to none.

To ensure this, the firm has identified essential personnel in each office who will make certain that critical firm functions that cannot be done remotely continue to be handled. We have put in place protocol for those essential personnel to make sure they are keeping healthy per the CDC cleaning and sanitizing recommendations. All teams have back-up personnel and procedures that we will follow to make sure all deadlines are met and clients receive the same great service and work product that we have always been proud to provide.

HeplerBroom’s IT department has been working hard to make sure all remote employees are set up with equipment and access from home to limit disruption to our clients. Maintaining security and confidentiality has remained, and will continue to remain, at the forefront of all processes and procedures, at all levels throughout the firm.

The firm has created emergency communication measures to communicate any changes to this plan to employees and are communicating on a regular basis with any and all new resources and helpful information during this uncertain time.

During these fluid and unpredictable times, HeplerBroom will continue its commitment to great service and results for our clients, all while keeping safe and healthy.

Wishing you and your families good health.