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Missouri Government Actions on COVID-19 – Updated 5/15/2020

May 15, 2020

Today’s updates discusses Missouri state park campgrounds opening and a select few St. Louis Public Libraries set to reopen. Additionally, this update discusses a lawsuit filed in Boone County.

SOCIAL LIFE

  • Missouri state parks that had previously opened for limited activities will open their campgrounds next week. Existing reservations will be honored, and the parks will accept new reservations for dates after May 26. Only those with reservations may camp, and there will be limits on the numbers of campers in the facilities, as well as social distancing requirements.  The parks also will implement a contactless check-in system. For more information, visit https://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/health-med-fit/coronavirus/missouri-campgrounds-to-begin-reopening-on-monday/article_a3acd755-8712-5a1c-a984-ae914197dd9e.html.
  • A select few St. Louis Public Libraries have announced a plan to reopen starting June 10. In order to adhere to social distancing guidelines, the libraries will be limiting hours, requiring masks, and providing sanitation stations to visitors. In addition, the libraries will take extra measures to prevent the spread of the virus by quarantining returned books for 72 hours, allowing for curbside pickup, and making off-limits some areas within the buildings such as seating areas, computer areas, and restrooms. For more information on the libraries reopening and curbside pickup, visit https://www.slpl.org/reopening-plan/.

 JUDICIAL RULINGS

  • A business owner in Columbia filed suit this week against the county health department director, Stephanie Browning, alleging that she lacks the authority to establish stricter guidelines than the state. The lawsuit sought a hold on all local regulations meant to slow the spread of the virus. Boone County Judge Brouck Jacobs held a virtual hearing today, ultimately denying the request, stating, “My thought is as a judge I don’t have the power … to decide what the best way to combat this virus is. Under the law, that is left to director Browning here at the local level.” In the end, Judge Jacobs did not believe that the business owner had met the burden to obtain a temporary restraining order. The petition can be read here. For more information on the lawsuit and to watch today’s held, visit https://abc17news.com/news/coronavirus/2020/05/15/boone-county-judge-denies-request-to-temporarily-halt-local-covid-19-regulations/.

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.