Governor Issues STAY AT HOME Order To Begin Monday

Yolanda Curtis
April 7, 2020

"Obviously, I think it could have been nicer if we had a stay-at-home order sooner, but now is better than later", said Brian Kaylor, an associate director at Churchnet, a nonprofit based in Jefferson City. A database operated by Johns Hopkins University has recorded 44 COVID-19 deaths in Missouri as of Sunday. "We need to do everything we can to ensure Missourians can still safely enter into contracts, sign mortgages, and update wills and personal health care directives without placing themselves or their notary at risk".

Parson issued the order Friday (April 3) in an effort "to control, contain, and combat COVID-19", the governor's office reported in a written statement.

"I am grateful to Governor Parson for agreeing to suspend this requirement", Secretary Ashcroft said.

"It's important for us in state government to work together to remove barriers to keep Missourians moving forward during this time", Governor Parson said. The order also requires public schools to stay closed, bans visits to nursing homes, and limits the number of customers allowed in grocery stores and other essential businesses. 76 Missouri counties are reporting cases at this time.

Individuals now residing within the state of Missouri shall avoid leaving their homes or places of residence.

All individuals in the state of Missouri shall avoid social gatherings of more than 10 people. Traveling to worship services is an exception, if the service is following social distancing guidelines.

Of the approximately 2,000 ventilators in Missouri, he added, about 1,100 are available.

"The order shall be observed throughout the state and enforced by all local and state health authorities".

It will be up to the local health departments to enforce the statewide stay-at-home order, Parson said.

"We're seeing parts of the state do a better job than others", he said.

"These people should not be penalized for staying home like they've been asked to", Parson said at his daily afternoon news conference.

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