From the office of Missouri Governor Mike Parson
Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions
Missouri’s economic recovery plan will focus on the diversity of Missouri – its people, businesses, communities, and infrastructure, among others. A strategic “re-opening” of Missouri’s economy will not be successful without proactive steps taken to mitigate risk of COVID-19 resurgence by our state’s businesses, communities, and citizens.
While the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has issued guidance on what the federal government considers “essential businesses,” Governor Parson believes that ALL of Missouri’s businesses and employers are vital to our state’s economy and individual well-being.
General Guidelines to Reopen Missouri’s Economy
During Phase I, we can gradually start to reopen economic and social activity. This will be a deliberate process, and is flexible to adapt to the situation. Some communities may be able to reopen at a faster rate, while others may need to continue restrictions to keep the virus from spreading. During Phase I, we should limit our activity and interactions and continue to maintain social distancing and practice good hygiene to protect our neighbors and ourselves.
The plan to reopen the economy and get Missourians back to work is based on ensuring a healthy workforce by:
Flattening the curve and expanding healthcare capacity, while utilizing federal programs and deploying state resources;
Making decisions based on Missouri-specific data and medical expertise;
Protecting healthcare workers, first responders, and other direct care workers so that our citizens have access to the care they need;
Looking after our most vulnerable and at-risk populations;
Partnering with community leaders and incorporating flexibility based on each community’s circumstances;
Slowing and containing the spread of COVID-19; and
Implementing a measured approach to mitigate risk of a resurgence.
The ability to reopen Missouri’s economy rests on both our healthcare system and our healthcare suppliers. Together, we will accomplish the following goals:
Rapidly expand testing capacity and volume in the state, including testing for those who are currently contagious and those who have developed immunity to the virus;
Expanding reserves of personal protective equipment (PPE) by opening public and private supply chains, and continuing to utilize Missouri businesses in that effort;
Continuing to monitor and, if necessary, expanding hospital and health care system capacity, including isolation and alternate care facilities for those that cannot self-quarantine at home; and
Improving the ability to predict potential outbreaks using Missouri’s public health data.
General Guidelines for Missourians
Citizens who feel sick should stay home!
Continue to practice good hygiene, including:
Washing hands with soap and water, or using hand sanitizer, especially after touching frequently used items or surfaces;
Avoiding touching your face;
Sneezing or coughing into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow; and
Disinfecting frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.
Avoid socializing in groups that do not readily allow for appropriate physical distancing (receptions, trade shows, etc.). When in public (parks, outdoor recreation spaces, shopping malls, etc.), individuals should maximize physical distance from others.
Minimize travel to the extent possible.
General Guidelines for Business
Prepare to implement basic infection prevention measures informed by industry best practices, regarding:
Testing, isolating, and contact tracing; and Sanitation, including disinfection of common and high-traffic areas (entrances, breakrooms, locations where there is high-frequency employee interaction with the public/customers).
Modify physical workspaces to maximize social distancing.
Minimize business travel.
Develop an infectious disease preparedness and response plan, including policies and procedures for workforce contact tracing when an employee tests positive for COVID-19.
Monitor workforce for indicative symptoms. Do not allow symptomatic people to physically return to work until cleared by a medical provider.
Develop, implement, and communicate about workplace flexibilities and protections, including:
Encouraging telework whenever possible and feasible with business operations;
Returning to work in phases and/or split shifts, if possible;
Limiting access to common areas where personnel are likely to congregate and interact; and Ensuring that sick leave policies are flexible and consistent with public health guidance.
General Guidelines for Communities
Closely monitor and track the containment, spread, and any resurgence of COVID-19, and adjust plans as necessary.
Limit situations where citizens cannot maintain social distancing.
Facilitate widespread testing of symptomatic and asymptomatic citizens.
Work to protect the most vulnerable populations.