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Missouri: State-by-State COVID-19 Guidance

MISSOURI

September 21, 2020:

(City of Columbia/ Boone County): The City of Columbia issued Order No. 2020-11 and Boone County issued order No. 2020-11C, which took effect on September 18, 2020, which extends phase two, step three, of its reopening plans until October 6, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Under the current phase:

  • Face masks are required when social distancing cannot be maintained and when not exempt
  • Restaurants and bars:
    • Must close by 10:30 p.m., but may continue curb-side and off-premise delivery of food,
    • Are limited to ten persons per table,
    • May not utilize standing bars or buffets, and
    • Customers must wear a mask when not seated
  • Large venues and entertainment facilities must submit an operational plan and are limited to 100 people
  • Child care services may not have groups larger than 50 children
  • Personal care services are limited to 50% capacity or 50 people, whichever is fewer
  • Pools must limit their capacity to 50 people with social distancing.

September 9, 2020:

(St. Louis City): St. Louis City issued a Health Commissioner Order No. 14, which took effect on September 8, 2020, and modified and extended the effective date of Order No. 13, and remains in effect until extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended. As a reminder, the provisions of Order No. 13 are:

  • Bars, restaurants, and nightclubs must:
    • Limit capacity to 50% of their permitted occupancy and
    • Must be closed by 11:00 PM.
  • Large venues must limit their capacity to 50% of their permitted occupancy.
  • All Businesses that are closed as a result of a public health order may:
    • Maintain inventory and
    • Process payroll or employee benefits.

September 2, 2020:

(Clay County): Clay County issued Public Health Emergency Order 08212020, which took effect August 24, 2020, and will continue until further notice. Under this order, all provisions from Order No. 07012020 will continue. Additionally, the order exempts essential governmental functions, and specifically allows schools to open and youth sports to resume with COVID-19 related precautions.

(City of Columbia/ Boone County): The City of Columbia issued Order No. 2020-10 and Boone County issued Order No. 2020-10C, which took effect on August 28, 2020. The orders extend phase two of the reopening plans until September 17, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Under the current phase:

  • Face masks are required when social distancing cannot be maintained and when not exempt
  • Restaurants and bars:
    • Must stop serving alcohol by 9:00 p.m. and must close by 10:00 p.m.
    • Are limited to ten persons per table
    • May not utilize standing bars or buffets, and
    • Customers must wear a mask when not seated
  • Large venues and entertainment facilities must submit an operational plan and are limited to 100 people
  • Childcare services may not have groups larger than 50 children
  • Personal care services are limited to 50% capacity or 50 people, whichever is fewer
  • Pools must limit their capacity to 50 people with social distancing.

August 24, 2020:

(St. Louis County): St. Louis County Department of Public Health issued an amended Order, which took effect on August 21, 2020 and will remain in effect until rescinded or amended. This amendment changes who is subject to the face covering requirement in public settings, and provides additional guidance relevant to the wearing of facemasks for students.

August 13, 2020:

(Kansas City): Kansas City mayor Quinton Lucas issued Fourth Amended Proclamation Declaring a State of Emergency. This Proclamation continues the state of emergency, which has been in effect since March 12, 2020, and allows all current orders to remain in effect until altered, modified, superseded, or repealed.

August 12, 2020:

(St. Louis City): St. Louis City issued a Health Commissioner Order No. 13, which takes effect on August 13, 2020, modifies Order No. 8 and Order No. 9, rescinds Order No. 10 and Order No. 12, and remains in effect until September 7, 2020. Under this new order:

  • Bars, restaurants, and nightclubs must:
    • Limit capacity to 50% of their permitted occupancy
    • Must be closed by 11:00 PM
  • Large venues must limit their capacity to 50% of their permitted occupancy
  • All Businesses that are closed as a result of a public health order may:
    • Maintain inventory
    • Process payroll or employee benefits

August 11, 2020:

(City of Columbia/ Boone County): The City of Columbia issued Order No. 2020-09 and Boone County issued order No. 2020-09C on August 6, 2020, which extends phase two, step three, of its reopening plans until August 31, 2020. Under the current phase:

  • Face masks are required when social distancing cannot be maintained and when not exempt
  • Restaurants and bars:
    • Are limited to ten persons per table
    • May not utilize standing bars or buffets, and
    • Customers must wear a mask when not seated
  • Large venues and entertainment facilities must submit an operational plan and are limited to 100 people
  • Child care services may not have groups larger than 50 children
  • Personal care services are limited to 50% capacity or 50 people, whichever is fewer
  • Pools must limit their capacity to 50 people with social distancing.

August 3, 2020:

(St. Louis City): The St. Louis City Department of Health announced on July 29, 2020, that businesses could request signs from the city that warn individuals to social distance and wear a face mask to combat the continued rise of COVID-19 cases.

(St. Louis County): St. Louis County Department of Public Health issued its third amended Order, which took effect on July 31, 2020 and will remain in effect until rescinded or amended. Under this new order:

  • All gathers of 50 or more individuals is prohibited except for:
    • Those already under capacity limitations
    • Medical facilities
    • Shelters
    • Schools and other childcare facilities
    • Polling places
    • Professional businesses not engaged in direct contact with the public
  • Drinking establishments must be closed by 10:00 PM
  • Businesses with occupancy limits must:
    • Limit occupancy to 25% of that authorized
    • Install physical parries between customers and staff or ensure 6 ft of separation
    • Install markings in areas prone to lines or congregation
    • Provide signage outlining social distancing requirements
    • Prohibit the use of reusable containers by customers
    • Where feasible provide for contactless payment, pick-up and delivery
  • Additionally, businesses must follow the additional disinfection protocol and employee health requirements.

July 27, 2020:

(Statewide): Governor Mike Parson’s administration announced approximately twenty million dollars in additional grants to address home and community-based services providers impacted by COVID-19.

(St. Louis City): St. Louis City announced that it will begin moving to close businesses continuing to ignore public health orders. The St. Louis City Department of Health has been sending cease and desist letters to businesses disregarding the City’s rules requiring social distancing and masks. Actions to close a business will likely result in the businesses being closed for 14 days.

July 23, 2020:

(St. Louis City): St. Louis City mayor Krewson announced that business operations in the city will remain at 75% under Order No. 12 due to the continued rise of COVID-19 cases. Additionally, the mayor announced that as of July 17, 2020, small businesses severely impacted by COVID-19 will begin receiving pre-approved grants from the federal Cares Act relief package.

July 21, 2020:

(St. Louis City): St. Louis City issued a Health Commissioner Order No. 12, which took effect on July 18, 2020, modifies Order No. 10, and remains in effect until rescinded or amended. Under this order Large Venues may increase their capacity to 75% of their capacity.

(City of Springfield): The City of Springfield announced phase 3A reopening which became effective July 14, 2020, and will remain in effect until 12:01 AM, October 15, 2020. Under this order:

  • Bars, nightclubs, tap rooms, entertainment venues, fitness classes and retail may operate at which ever of the following is greater:
    • 50% of their capacity, or
    • 35 people
  • Face coverings are still generally required by staff and patrons except in certain situations.

July 15, 2020:

(Clay County): Clay County amended its Public Health Emergency Order, which makes face masks required in all indoor areas of public accommodation. The order will go in effect Sunday, July 19, 2020, and remain in effect through Sunday, August 23, 2020. The order includes previous limitations on taverns, which may not exceed 50% of their authorized capacity.

(Platte City): Platte City issued an amended Order, which takes effect Thursday, July 16, 2020, and will remain in effect until extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended. Under this order, masks are required in all indoor and outdoor locations, settings and events where individuals are less than six feet away from each other. Under this order, businesses may not be open unless they adhere to the requirements to wear masks. Additionally, food establishments must create a written safety plan, which must be posted and availability for review by the Platte County Health Department.

July 14, 2020:

(City of Columbia/Boone County): The City of Columbia issued Order No. 2020-08 and Boone County issued order No. 2020-08C on July 10, 2020, which extends phase two, step three, of its reopening plans until August 10, 2020. Under the current phase, restaurants and bars may not utilize standing bars or buffets, large venues and entertainment facilities must submit an operational plan and are limited to 100 people, child care services may not have groups larger than 50 children, personal care services are limited to 50% capacity or 50 people, whichever is fewer, and pools must limit their capacity to 50 people with social distancing.

July 13, 2020:

(Kansas City): Kansas City mayor Quinton Lucas issued Tenth Amended Order 20-01, which took effect on July 12, 2020, and expires with the Third Amended Emergency Proclamation. Under this new order:

  • Employers are required to reasonably accommodate employees with health or safety concerns, responsibility for minors or others and not require they report to work in certain situations.
  • Previous business limitations are rescinded except taverns must limit occupancy to 50% of their capacity.
  • Employees and visitors of indoor establishments must wear masks when in an area or while performing an activity which involves close contact
  • Employers are recommended to keep a record for visitors that remain for more than 10 minutes.
  • Businesses with close service requirements must maintain a 6 foot distance between service areas

July 8, 2020:

(Jefferson City): Jefferson City extended its Emergency Declaration to August 3, 2020. This extension took effect, July 6, 2020.

(City of Columbia): The Columbia City Council passed a mask ordinance requiring masks when individuals are outside of their homes and cannot maintain 6 feet away. The ordinance includes exemptions for individuals when exercising, playing sports, actively eating or drinking, and other situations.

July 6, 2020:

(St. Louis County & City): St. Louis County issued an additional order which took effect July 1, 2020, and St. Louis City issued order No. 11, which took effect July 2, 2020, and both remain in effect until rescinded or amended in writing. These orders require face coverings be worn by certain individuals when in any business or public place, both indoors and outdoors, when social distancing cannot be observed. Additionally, under the St. Louis County order:

  • Businesses must post this requirement at all points of entry and
  • Businesses may deny entry to anyone who refuses to wear a face covering

(Clay County): Clay County issued Public Health Emergency Order 07012020, which amended order No. 06152020, took effect on July 5, 2020, and will expire on July 20, 2002, at 12:01 AM. This order continues the county’s Phase 2, Step 2 of their recovery, which allows for 100% occupancy if masks are worn by all and physical distancing is maintained.

(Jackson County): Jackson County issued an order, which went into effect on July 1, 2020, and will continue until rescinded or amended in writing. This order permits Eastern Jackson County to move into Phase 2.5 or the county’s reopening plan. Under this order:

  • Face coverings must be worn in public indoor or outdoor spaces by certain individuals
  • All businesses are permitted to re-open provided they follow social distancing and PPE requirements
  • Businesses that are frequented by the public must limit their capacity to 50% of their capacity
  • Businesses open to the public must post the social distancing requirements
  • Gatherings must generally be limited to:
    • 50% of that allowed for indoor venues
    • 100% of that allowed for outdoor venues

July 1, 2020:

(St. Louis City & County): Both St. Louis County and St. Louis City have announced that new public health orders will be issued requiring individuals to wear a face mask or covering when in public spaces in doors, or when outdoors and social distancing cannot be observed. The order is expected to take effect on July 3, 2020.

(Platte City): Platte City issued an amended Order, which took effect July 1, 2020, and remain in effect until extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended. Under this order retail and non-retail businesses may increase their capacity to 100%.

June 30, 2020:

(St. Louis County): St. Louis County Department of Public Health issued updated guidance for banquet and conference centers, effective June 29.

St. Louis County issued a Public Health Order, which took effect on June 29, 2020, and remains in effect until rescinded or amended. This order outlines minimum procedures all businesses must take and directs most businesses to follow the industry specific guidelines, which include capacity requirements for each. Prior to opening the following businesses must submit a plan for re-opening to DPH:

  • Entertainment and attraction venues
  • Concert Venues
  • Mass Sporting Events
  • Museums
  • Casinos
  • Playgrounds

Business reopening guidelines can be found here.

(Kansas City): Kansas City mayor Quinton Lucas issued Ninth Amended Order 20-01, which took effect on June 29, 2020, and expires at 12:01 a.m. on July 12, 2020. Under this new order:

  • Employers are required to reasonably accommodate employees with health or safety concerns, responsibility for minors or others and not require they report to work in certain situations.
  • Previous business limitations are rescinded except
    • Taverns must limit occupancy to 50% of their capacity.
  • Employees and visitors of indoor establishments must wear masks when in an area or while performing an activity which involves close contact
  • Employers are recommended to keep a record for visitors that remain for more than 10 minutes.
  • Businesses with close service requirements must maintain a 6-foot distance between service areas

(City of Columbia): Mayor Brian Treece announced a desire to issue an ordinance requiring masks in all public settings. Staff are currently researching options to propose to the City council.

June 29, 2020:

(Kansas City): Kansas City issued a Ninth Amended Order, which took effect, on Monday, June 29, and will expire, July 12, 2020. Under this order:

  • All employees or visitors to any place of public accommodation must wear face coverings in an area or while performing an activity which will necessarily involve close contact or proximity to co-workers or the public where six feet of separation is not feasible.
  • Percentage capacity limits are eliminated, except for taverns and bars.

June 23, 2020:

(Boone County): Boone county along with the City of Columbia, Missouri issued amended Business Guidance to assist businesses in the process of reopening under the city and county’s orders.

June 18, 2020:

(Boone County): Boone county along with the City of Columbia, Missouri released Order Nos. 2020-07 and 2020-07C, which takes effect on June 23, 2020, and will remain in effect until July 20, 2020. Under this order:

  • Occupancy limitations are removed for businesses
  • Restaurants and bars may not utilize standing bars, counters, or buffet service
  • Large venues, entertainment facilities, movie theaters and nightclubs must submit an operational plan for approval
    • These venues are limited to 100 people with social distancing
  • Child care services may not have groups larger than 50 children
  • Personal care services may increase their capacity to 50% or a total of 50 people, whichever is fewer
  • Pools must limit their capacity to 50 people with social distancing

(Christian County): Christian County issued Order No. 06-15-2020-01, which took effect June 15, 2020, and expires June 21, 2020. This order repeals Exhibit A of Order No. 05-29-2020-01, which outlined business restrictions and outlines guidance for individuals to continue to take precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 17, 2020:

Missouri’s reopening order expired on June 15, 2020, and Governor Michael L. Parson announced that no statewide order would follow, which marks the beginning of Phase 2. Missouri’s Reopening website still contains a recovery plan and guidance for businesses. 

June 16, 2020:

(Clay County): Clay County issued Public Health Order 06152020, which amended order 05312020, and went into effect on June 16, 2020, and will expire on July 5, 2020, at 12:01 P.M. Under this order:

  • All businesses may raise their occupancy to 50% of their capacity
  • Mass gatherings of 250 or less are permitted
  • Neighborhood pools may operate at 50%

June 15, 2020:

(St. Louis City): St. Louis City issued a Health Commissioner Order No. 10, which took effect on June 10, 2020, modifies Order No. 9, and remains in effect until rescinded or amended. This order allows large venues to increase their capacity to the following:

  • 50% beginning June 22
  • 75% beginning July 6
  • 100% beginning July 20

(City of Springfield): The City of Springfield announced phase 3 reopening which became effective June 15, 2020, and will remain in effect until 12:01 AM, July 15, 2020. Under this order:

  • Personal care services may increase their capacity to 30 times 50% of the square feet devoted to providing service
  • Non-essential retail establishments may increase their capacity to 30 times 50% of the square feet devoted to providing service
  • Restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and breweries may increase their capacity to whichever of the following is greater:
    • 35 customers, or
    • 30 times 50% of the square feet devoted to providing service
    • Counter seating and self-serve buffets are still prohibited
  • Group entertainment may also open, but must limit their capacity:
    • For indoor entertainment to whichever of the following is greater:
      • 35 customers,
      • 30 times 50% of the square feet devoted to entertaining, or
      • 50% of the total occupancy of fixed seating, and
    • For outdoor entertainment to whichever of the following is greater:
      • 35 customers,
      • 30 times 50% of the square feet devoted to entertaining
  • Gyms and fitness centers must limit their capacity to whichever of the following is greater:
    • 35 customers, or
    • 30 times 50% of the square feet devoted to entertaining

June 11, 2020:

(St. Louis County): St. Louis County Department of Public Health issued guidance for banquet and conference centers, which will be permitted to reopen on June 15th.

June 9, 2020:

(St. Louis County): St. Louis County Department of Public Health issued guidance for entertainment venues, including movie theaters, arcades, and bowling alleys, which will be permitted to reopen on June 15th.

June 8, 2020:

(St. Louis County): St. Louis County Department of Public Health issued guidance for outdoor drive-in entertainment which are currently permitted to be open.

(Boone County): Boone county along with the City of Columbia, Missouri issued amended Business Guidance to assist businesses in the process of reopening under the city and county’s orders.

June 2, 2020:

(St. Louis County): St. Louis County Department of Public Health issued guidance for gyms, pools, and other sports which will be permitted to reopen on June 15th.

(Clay County): Clay County issued Public Health Orders 05272020 and 05312020, which went into effect on June 1, 2020, and will expire on June 15, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Under these orders the county extended the Clay County Recovery Plan contained in Order 04292020, a phased approach to reopening; businesses engaged in retail sales, must limit the number of people in an establishment to:

  • 25% or less of authorized occupancy for those with less than 10,000 sq. ft., or
  • 10% or less of authorized occupancy for those with more than 10,000 sq. ft.

(Jackson County): Jackson County issued and order, which went into effect on June 1, 2020, and will expire on June 15, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Under this order:

  • Businesses engaged in retail sales, must limit the number of people in an establishment to:
    • 25% or less of authorized occupancy for those with less than 10,000 sq. ft., or
    • 10% or less of authorized occupancy for those with more than 10,000 sq. ft.
  • Non-retail businesses including social and religious organizations, and gyms and fitness centers may reopen, but must limit capacity to
    • 50 people or 25% of their capacity, whichever is greater, for those with more than 10,000 sq. ft., or
    • 50 people or 50% of their capacity, whichever is greater, for those with less than 10,000 sq. ft.
  • When reasonably achievable, all businesses are encouraged to collect the information of persons entering a facility.
  • Food service establishments may offer dine-in services where:
    • Tables are 6’ apart
    • There is no communal seating area is used for individuals not connected
    • There are no more than 10 people per table
    • The written safety plan is posted at or near the front door or front entrance
  • Businesses may refuse service to customers without masks or refuse to follow the safety plan.
  • Swimming pools may also reopen if they limit their capacity to 50% of their authorized occupancy

June 1, 2020:

(St. Louis County): St. Louis County Department of Public Health announced that bars will be permitted to open June 8th and gyms, pools, and other sports will be permitted to reopen on June 15th.

May 29, 2020:

(Kansas City): Kansas City issued its Seventh Amended Order 20-01, which will take effect at 12:01 A.M. on May 31, 2020, and expires at 12:01 A.M on July 5, 2020. Under this new order:

  • There is no distinction between essential businesses and non-essential businesses
  • Businesses must limit occupancy to 50% or less of their capacity
  • Businesses shall establish 6 foot spacing between areas of service where social distancing cannot be maintained
  • Businesses may refuse customers without masks
  • Employers must accommodate employees with health or safety concerns or who are responsible for minors if the employee:
    • Has an underlying condition,
    • Is the primary caregiver of someone with COVID-19 and qualifies under the Family Medical Leave Act, or
    • Is employed by a business with less than 500 employees and is eligible for paid leave to take care of a minor due to COVID-19.
  • Other gatherings may resume, but must be limited to 50% of the listed capacity and maintain social distancing.

May 28, 2020:

(Clay County): Clay County announced that it will be moving to the second step of phase 2 in its recovery plan starting June 1. In this phase Bars, restaurants, gyms, fitness centers and churches, will be allowed to operate at 50% capacity. Also, Mass gathering are permitted up to 50 participants observing social distancing.

(Kansas City): Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas announced that he will be signing an order to extend the current order with modifications to align with jurisdictions around Kansas City. This order will allow almost all businesses to increase their capacity to 50% and will get rid of the current distinction between essential and non-essential businesses.

(Boone County): Boone county along with the City of Columbia, Missouri issued amended Business Guidance to assist businesses in the process of reopening under the city and county’s orders.

May 26, 2020:

(St. Louis City): St. Louis City issued Health Commissioner Order No. 9, which took effect at 4:00 PM on May 22, 2020, and remains in effect until rescinded or amended. This order does not rescind Order No. 8. Under this order the following businesses have been given opening dates:

  • Large venues beginning June 8, 2020 (Exhibit I),
  • Summer camps beginning June 1, 2020 (Exhibit J),
  • Swimming pools beginning June 1, 2020 (Exhibit K),
  • Gyms and other fitness facilities/studios beginning June 15, 2020 (Exhibit L), and
  • Funeral homes may begin under the guidelines established for churches.

(St. Louis County): St. Louis County Department of Public Health issue a travel advisory due to individuals not practicing proper social distancing over the holiday weekend. The advisory urges those who travelled without engaging in protective practices or social distancing to self-quarantine for 14 days or until tested for COVID-19. The advisory also suggests employers add questions to their employee screening protocols related to recent travels and social distancing behaviors.

(Kansas City): Kansas City announced that the city will be easing certain restrictions on sidewalk cafes, street cafes, parklets, and parking lot dining. This temporary reduction in requirements will be in effect between May 21, 2020 and December 31, 2020. The reductions include:

  • Permit fee waived
  • Signature requirement waived
  • Maintenance agreement waived
  • No bond deposit required
  • No parking space limit

(City of Columbia/Boone County): The City of Columbia and Boone County issued public Health Order No. 2020-06, which will take effect at 12:01 A.M. on May 26, 2020, and signals the next phase in reopening Columbia and Boone County. Under this order:

  • All businesses may reopen
  • Restaurants and bars must limit seating occupancy to 50% of their permissible capacity.
  • Personal care businesses must operate at 50% capacity, or 25 total, whichever is lower.
  • Business engaged in retail sales, must limit the number of people in an establishment to:
    • 25% or less of authorized occupancy for those with less than 10,000 sq. ft., or
    • 10% or less of authorized occupancy for those with more than 10,000 sq. ft.
  • Large venues, entertainment facilities, movie theaters, and nightclubs must submit an operational plan first.
  • Child care services must limit their service to 25 children.

May 19, 2020:

(Boone County): Boone County, along with the City of Columbia, Missouri issued amended Business Guidance to assist businesses in the process of reopening under the city and county’s orders.

May 18, 2020:

(St. Louis City and St. Louis County): St. Louis City and St. Louis County’s new orders allowing for the reopening of certain businesses will go into effect today. Check out Husch Blackwell’s in-depth look at St. Louis County’s reopening order here and St. Louis City’s order here.

May 17, 2020:

(St. Louis City and St. Louis County): St. Louis City and St. Louis County’s new orders allowing for the reopening of certain businesses will go into effect May 18, 2020. Husch Blackwell’s in-depth look at St. Louis County’s reopening order may be accessed here and St. Louis City’s order here.

May 15, 2020:

(St. Louis City and St. Louis County): St. Louis City and St. Louis County’s new orders allowing for the reopening of certain businesses will go into effect this Monday, May 18, 2020. Check out Husch Blackwell’s in-depth look at St. Louis County’s reopening order here and St. Louis City’s order here.

(Boone County): Boone county along with the City of Columbia issued Business Guidance to assist businesses in the process of reopening under the city and county’s orders.

May 14, 2020:

(St. Louis City): St. Louis City issued a Health Commissioner Order No. 8, which will take effect at 12:01 on May 18, 2020, remains in effect until rescinded or amended. This order allows certain businesses to open and adopts the Phase I Standards and Guidance, along with various exhibits relevant to certain industry groups. Under this new order:

  • Retail establishments must limit occupancy as required by the state order to:
    • 25% of the capacity authorized by the fire or building code for those with less than 10,000 sq. ft.
    • 10% of the capacity authorized by the fire or building code for those with more than 10,000 sq. ft.
  • All businesses must make arrangements for:
    • Social distancing;
    • Training regarding the disinfection and social distancing requirements;
    • Signage regarding masks and social distancing requirements for employees and customers;
    • Face masks or materials to make face masks for employees;
    • Reasonable breaks for employees and volunteers to wash their hands;
    • Hand sanitizer at building openings for the public;
    • Cleaning as recommended by the CDC;
    • Frequent disinfection of high-touch surfaces;
    • Daily screening of employees and volunteers for symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Gatherings in any one location continue to be limited to 10 people or less
  • Individuals must comply with social distancing requirements
  • All businesses must require facemask for employees unless working alone in an enclosed area

Additionally, the order sets specific standards and guidance for specific categories of businesses:

Some businesses are still prohibited from opening, including:

  • Ballrooms, Banquet rooms, Meeting rooms;
  • Gyms and fitness centers;
  • Casinos
  • Schools
  • Sports Stadiums
  • Cultural institutions/Destinations & Attractions/Large Venues

Mayor Lyda Krewson also announced that businesses with 10 or fewer employees can request free personal protective equipment for their employees.

(Kansas City): Kansas City issued its sixth Amended order 20-01, which will take effect at 12:01 A.M. on May 15, 2020, and expires at 12:01 A.M on May 31, 2020.

  • Essential business may continue as under previous orders
  • Non-essential businesses may resume, but must:
    • Adhere to social distancing
    • Allow employees able to work from home to continue to do so
    • Allow employees with health/safety concerns, or with children, to not report to work
    • Limit the number of customers to 10 of the building occupancy, or 10 people (whichever is greater)
    • Record names, contact information, and entry and exit time of everyone on premises for more than 10 minutes (the 10/10/10 rule)
    • Mandate all service providers wear mask where possible and where social distancing is not cannot be maintained
  • Businesses may refuse customers without masks
  • There are additional restrictions on individual, including religious, gatherings:
    • Gatherings indoor are to be limited to 10% the building occupancy or 10 people (whichever is greater)
    • Gatherings outdoor are to be limited 50 people
    • Individuals should also consider recording names, contact information, and entry and exit time of everyone on premises for more than 10 minutes (the 10/10/10 rule)

May 11, 2020:

(St. Louis County): St. Louis County issued a Public Health Order, which will take effect on May 18, 2020, remains in effect until rescinded or amended. Under this order, certain business will be able to reopen and resume certain activities prohibited under previous St. Louis County orders. Under this new order all businesses must:

  • Limit any gatherings in any one location to 10 people or less
  • Comply with social distancing requirements
  • Require facemask for employees unless working alone in an enclosed area
  • Make arrangements for:
    • Frequent disinfection of high-touch surfaces;
    • Reasonable breaks for employees and volunteers to wash their hands;
    • Training regarding the disinfection and social distancing requirements;
    • Face masks or materials to make face masks; and
    • Daily screening of employees and volunteers for symptoms of COVID-19.

Additionally, for those businesses that work directly with the public, the must:

  • Provide physical barriers between customers and employees where possible, or ensure a distance of 6 feet
  • Provide markings to indicate a 6 feet distance in areas where individuals are likely to congregate or form lines
  • Post an outline of the social distancing policy outside the facility
  • Provide separate hours of operation for at-risk individuals where possible
  • Provide contactless payment, pick-up and delivery when feasible with postings on the availability of these services.
  • Limit the number of people at a particular location to:
    • 25% of the capacity authorized by the fire or building code for those with less than 10,000 sq. ft.
    • 10% of the capacity authorized by the fire or building code for those with more than 10,000 sq. ft.

Some businesses are still prohibited from opening, including:

  • Entertainment, conference, and sporting venues;
  • Gyms and fitness centers;
  • Banquet rooms;
  • Bars and other businesses that primarily serve alcohol and not full meals;
  • Indoor and outdoor pools;
  • Sporting events, sports courts and playgrounds

Husch Blackwell’s update and in-depth analysis on the St. Louis County Order can be found here.

May 8, 2020:

(St. Louis County): St. Louis County issued a Public Health Order, which will take effect on May 18, 2020. Under this order, certain business will be able to reopen and resume certain activities prohibited under previous St. Louis County orders. Under this new order all businesses must:

  • Limit any gatherings in any one location to 10 people or less
  • Comply with social distancing requirements
  • Require facemask for employees unless working alone in an enclosed area
  • Make arrangements for:
    • Frequent disinfection of high-touch surfaces;
    • Reasonable breaks for employees and volunteers to wash their hands;
    • Training regarding the disinfection and social distancing requirements;
    • Face masks or materials to make face masks; and
    • Daily screening of employees and volunteers for symptoms of COVID-19.

Additionally, for those businesses that work directly with the public, the must:

  • Provide physical barriers between customers and employees where possible, or ensure a distance of 6 feet
  • Provide markings to indicate a 6 feet distance in areas where individuals are likely to congregate or form lines
  • Post an outline of the social distancing policy outside the facility
  • Provide separate hours of operation for at-risk individuals where possible
  • Provide contactless payment, pick-up and delivery when feasible with postings on the availability of these services.
  • Limit the number of people at a particular location to:
    • 25% of the capacity authorized by the fire or building code for those with less than 10,000 sq. ft.
    • 10% of the capacity authorized by the fire or building code for those with more than 10,000 sq. ft.

Some business are still prohibited from opening, including:

  • Entertainment, conference, and sporting venues;
  • Gyms and fitness centers;
  • Banquet rooms;
  • Bars and other businesses that primarily serve alcohol and not full meals;
  • Indoor and outdoor pools;
  • Sporting events, sports courts and playgrounds.

(St. Louis City): St. Louis City announced that it plans to begin gradually reopening certain businesses along with St. Louis County on May 18, 2020.

May 7, 2020:

(Jackson County): Issued its Recovery Plan Phase 1, which takes effect on May 11, 2020. Under this plan:

  • Residents should not gather in groups greater than 10 people
  • Entertainment venues, gyms, outdoor playgrounds, and sport courts must remain closed
  • Retail establishments, personal services such as salons, and dine-in restaurants may open but must limit the number of people to
    • 25% capacity of that authorized by the fire or building code for those with less than 10,000 sq. ft.
    • 10% capacity of that authorized by the fire or building code for those with more than 10,000 sq. ft.
    • 1 person per 30 sq. ft. if occupancy load is not locally defined
    • Such limits must be posted

May 6, 2020:

(Kansas City): Issued its fifth Amended order 20-01, which supersedes all prior orders, and takes effect at 12:01 A.M. May 6, 2020, until 12:01 A.M. May 15, 2020. Under this new order Non-essential businesses:

  • Are permitted to begin opening with social distancing, while limiting customers to 10% of building occupancy, or 10 people (whichever is greater)
  • must record names, contact information, and entry and exit time of everyone on premises for more than 10 minutes (the 10/10/10 rule)
  • Must allow employees able to work from home to continue to do so
  • Must allow employees with health/safety concerns, or with children, to not report to work
  • Mandate all service providers wear mask where possible and where social distancing is not cannot be maintained
  • Religious gatherings for various purposes may resume if limited to 10% of building occupancy, or 10 people (whichever is greater) and 50 people outside
  • Inside dining areas of restaurants and bars, public access to government buildings, gyms, the city zoo, museums, and city playgrounds are to remain closed

Violating this order could result in the loss of a Certificate of Occupancy and/or Business Licenses.

April 29, 2020:

(Kansas City): Mayor Lucas announced that an updated order will be released taking effect at 12:01 a.m. on May 6, 2020. The new order allows for certain business activities to resume while ensuring necessary public health measures will remain in place. Under the order, non-essential businesses that are not open to the public may resume operations with workers maintaining social distancing. Most non-essential businesses that are open to the public can resume in person operations at either 10% of building occupancy, or 10 people (whichever is greater). Businesses must record names, contact information, and entry and exit time of everyone on premises for more than 10 minutes. This is called the “10/10/10 rule.” Finally, religious gatherings, which includes weddings and funerals, may resume with a limit of 10 people inside and 50 people outside, as long as social distancing is maintained, and the names of attendees are recorded. Gyms, bars, museums, in-person dining, dog parks, playgrounds, movie theaters, and public access to government buildings and community centers remain closed. It is expected that these will re-open on May 15 and be subject to the 10/10/10 rule.

April 27, 2020:

On April 27, Missouri Governor Mike Parson announced a new order that will take effect on May 4 as part of the State's plans for an orderly reopening of business and community operations. Under the new order, all Missourians must engage in social-distancing practices, including maintaining 6 feet away from non-family members, except for individuals engaged in job duties that require closer proximity. These new guidelines apply to all Missouri businesses, including those previously defined as Essential Businesses.

The new order permits restaurants to resume dining service, subject to social-distancing practices. The order also imposes occupancy limitations on retail stores, including grocery stores, as well as various other limitations. Additional guidance from the Governor's Office regarding the State's plans to reopen is available here. Missouri's current stay-at-home order is set to expire on May 3.

April 16, 2020:

(Statewide): Governor Mike Parson announced that the statewide stay-at-home order—currently set to expire on April 24—would be extended until May 3.

(St. Louis County): County Executive Sam Page announced that St. Louis County’s stay-at-home order would be extended indefinitely and would be “revisit[ed]” “in mid-May.”

(City of St. Louis): The City of St. Louis announced that it was extending its stay at home order indefinitely, with the order to be “reviewed from time to time, but no later than mid-May 2020.” The new order also recommends that individuals wear cloth masks in public and that essential businesses provide employees personal protective equipment.

(Kansas City): Mayor Lucas announced that the Stay-At-Home Order signed on March 21, which was set to expire on April 24, has been extended until May 15. The Order defines “Essential Businesses” as those that fall into 22 enumerated categories. These categories encompass most healthcare-related businesses, financial institutions, most food-related businesses, construction, utilities, transportation, grocery stores, hardware stores, gas stations, and professional services, such as legal or accounting services, when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities, among others. North Kansas City, and Independence also extended their Stay-At-Home Orders until May 15. Jackson County Executive also said he plans to announce an extension, which has not yet been released.

April 13, 2020:

(St. Louis County): In a radio interview, St. Louis County Executive Sam Page stated that the County’s stay-at-home order likely would be extended beyond its current April 22 expiration date, and likely until at least sometime in May. The County Executive did not specify when the order would be extended or what the new expiration date would be, and he emphasized that the County’s future plans depend on monitoring various factors and data that remain fluid. Page also indicated that the County likely would relax its order in stages.

April 6, 2020:

Governor Mike Parson issued an executive order suspending the statutory requirement that individuals appear in-person before a notary. Pursuant to the executive order, an individual situated in Missouri may appear before a Missouri notary via videoconference, subject to certain additional procedural requirements.

April 3, 2020:

At the direction of Governor Mike Parson, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior services issued a statewide stay-at-home order, effective April 6, 2020 and running until April 24, 2020. The order requires individuals to remain at home except for certain essential personal activities. The order also prohibits businesses from operating unless they perform essential functions under the guidelines issued by the federal Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency. Under that federal guidance document, essential functions include many businesses in the healthcare, food and agriculture, energy, and transportation sectors, as well as other industries.

April 2, 2020:

(Cole County): Cole County issued a stay-at-home order, effective March 28, that provides for the closing of businesses that do not qualify as Essential Businesses. The Order enumerates 42 categories of businesses and organizations that constitute Essential Business, including most businesses in the healthcare sector, most food-related businesses, banks and most financial-services institutions, construction and related trades, and many professional services like legal services and accounting. Businesses that do not constitute Essential Businesses must cease operations (other than remote work from home) except for minimum activities necessary to protect inventory, provide security, process payroll and employee benefits, and provide support for remote work. The order requires individuals to remain at home except for essential activities and participation in otherwise authorized work.

(St. Charles County): St. Charles County issued an order that imposes minimal practical limitations. The order requires individuals to remain at home “except to engage in (a) activities that they deem essential to their physical, mental, and spiritual well-being; and (b) employment.” Given the subjective nature of exception (a) and the fact that exception (b) does not distinguish between “essential” and “non-essential” businesses, the order imposes little in the way of binding limitations.

March 24, 2020:

Kansas and Missouri (KC Metro): Shelter-At-Home Orders go into effect for the City of Kansas City, Missouri, Kansas City, Kansas/Wyandotte County, Johnson County, Jackson County, Clay County, Platte County, Leavenworth County, Douglas County, and the City of Belton. The orders are in effect for 30 days.

March 23, 2020:

Shelter-At-Home orders went into effect for St. Louis City and St. Louis County.

March 22, 2020:

Kansas and Missouri: Officials from CORE 4 Partners of Johnson County, Kansas; Kansas City, Missouri; Jackson County, Missouri; and Wyandotte County/City of Kansas City, Kansas held a press conference discussing the metro area’s new stay at home orders. The officials indicated the orders are largely identical.

Clay County has also issued a similar Order, along with Platte County and the City of Belton.

March 21, 2020:

At the instruction of Governor Mike Parson, the Director of the Department of Health and Senior Services issued an Order imposing four statewide limitations. First, the Order prohibits “social gathering” involving more than ten people.  It appears that this category is intended not to cover business operations.  Second, the Order prohibits dine-in food service at restaurants and bars, but permits carry-out service.  Third, the Order prohibits visiting “nursing homes, long-term care facilities, retirement homes, or assisted living homes unless to provide critical assistance.”  Fourth, the Order orders all schools closed. The Order is effective at 12.01 Monday.

(City of St. Louis): Health Commissioner’s Order directly regulates both businesses and individuals.  With regard to businesses and non-profits, the Order permits all businesses to continue certain operations relating to protecting existing inventory and facilities, processing payroll and employee benefits, and facilitating remote work by employees.  The Order prohibits businesses from engaging in any other operations unless the business falls within 24 enumerated categories.  Exempt industries include most healthcare-related businesses, in-home care, hospice and long-term care, construction, professional services, such as accountants, lawyers, engineers, banks and financial institutions, utilities, and many food-related businesses, including grocery stores, food and beverage wholesaling, storage, warehousing, and distribution.

The Order directs residents of the City to “remain at home” except to perform essential household tasks, obtain or delver food, engage in outdoor walking or exercise, or to attend work permitted by the Order. The Order is effective at 6:00 PM Monday

(St. Louis County): Public Health Department Order also directly regulates both businesses and individuals.  With regard to businesses and non-profits, the Order defines “Essential Businesses” as those businesses that fall within 40 enumerated categories.  These enumerated categories encompass most healthcare-related businesses, in-home care, hospice and long-term care, construction, professional services, such as accountants, lawyers, engineers, banks and financial institutions, utilities, and many food-related businesses, including grocery stores, food and beverage wholesaling, storage, warehousing, and distribution. “Essential Businesses may continue necessary operations,” subject to maximal feasible adoption of social-distancing precautions.

Businesses that are not “Essential” must cease all operations except for work performed from employees’ homes, and certain limited operations relating to protecting existing inventory and facilities, processing payroll and employee benefits, and facilitating remote work by employees.

The Order’s limitations on individuals are substantially similar to those prescribed by the St. Louis City Order.

The City of Kansas City (Missouri) Order defines “Essential Businesses” as those that fall into 22 enumerated categories. These categories encompass most healthcare-related businesses, financial institutions, most food-related businesses, construction, utilities, transportation, grocery stores, hardware stores, gas stations, and professional services, such as legal or accounting services, when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities, among others. Essential Businesses may continue in-person operations, subject to implementing social-distancing practices. All other businesses must cease in-person operations, except for “minimum necessary activities to maintain the value of the business’s inventory and facilities, ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, or for related functions,” as well as minimal activities to facilitate employees working from home.

With regard to individuals, the Order directs individuals to leave their homes only to perform essential activities, such as health related or to obtain necessary supplies, and to participate in otherwise permitted work activities.

Kansas City Metro (Kansas City Missouri): The CORE 4 partners of Jackson County, Missouri; Johnson County, Kansas; Kansas City, Missouri; and Wyandotte County/ Kansas City, Kansas; announced that effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020, all residents are directed to stay at home except for essential needs. The order will remain in place for 30 days, with consideration after 30 days as to whether to prolong the order.

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