Missouri Government Actions on Covid-19 Updated 6/18/2020
Today’s update discusses:
- Governor’s announcement that statewide restrictions expired Monday
- Missouri State Fair to occur as planned
- Restrictions to be eased in St. Louis City and County
- Missouri officials working to reopen long-term care facilities
- June 15 was the last day for Missouri statewide COVID-19 rules and restrictions, and on Tuesday, the state officially reopened. In his announcement, Governor Parson stated he expects residents to take “personal responsibility” for their safety. While there may not be statewide rules in place, local rules and restrictions may still be implemented. Springfield, for example, is limiting special event attendance, asking businesses to continue to adhere to social distancing guidelines, and limiting dine-in customers. Residents should also check with their county for guidance.
- St. Louis City and County will also ease some restrictions this week. This move will allow remaining businesses to reopen, including gyms and casinos, but capacity will be limited. In addition, St. Louis County will continue limiting gatherings of more than 10 people through the remainder of June.
- Governor Parson announced that the Missouri State Fair will occur in August as planned. While no guidelines have been released, the governor stated that the fair will look a little different this year in order to keep visitors safe. The Missouri State Fair Commission will announce changes to be made in the coming weeks.
- Governor Parson announced on Tuesday that he is in the process of lifting restrictions on long-term care centers, despite residents of these centers being more vulnerable to COVID-19. According to the governor, the approach to reopening these facilities will be strategic. Missouri residents can expect guidelines later this week regarding communal dining and group activities within these facilities. In the meantime, the Department of Health and Senior Services has provided guidelines for outside and window visitations.