Missouri Getting Back to Business Under First Phase of “Show Me Strong Recovery” Plan

On April 27, Missouri Governor Mike Parson announced the first phase of the “Show Me Strong Recovery” Plan outlining how Missouri will reopen economic and social activity following the COVID-19 pandemic.

“With favorable data and approval from state health officials, we are ready to take another step forward in the recovery of Missouri,” said Governor Mike Parson. “I am announcing phase one of our ‘Show Me Strong Recovery’ Plan, which will begin Monday, May 4, and extend through Sunday, May 31.”

Resting on four essential pillars, the “Show Me Strong Recovery” Plan is intended to protect those most at risk of exposure to COVID-19 while returning Missouri to a new normal:

  • Expand testing capacity and volume in the state
  • Expand reserves of PPE by opening public and private supply chains
  • Continue to monitor and, if necessary, expand hospital and health care system capacity, including isolation and alternate care facilities for those that cannot self-quarantine at home
  • Improve ability to predict potential outbreaks using Missouri’s public health data

This framework will allow the state to work through a gradual reopening, leading to broader economic recovery. In fact, all businesses in the state can be open provided that the social distancing guidelines set forth in the new health order are followed.

“All of Missouri’s businesses, employers, and employees are vital to our state’s economy and well-being,” said Governor Parson. “Opening these businesses is going to look very different for a while, but I’m confident Missourians will abide by the guidelines as we move forward.”

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