MISSOURI (KFVS) - During a news conference on Saturday, Governor Mike Parson directed the Missouri Department of Health director to order social distancing statewide.
The order took effect at 12:01 a.m. Monday, March 23 and will remain in effect until 12:01 a.m. on Monday, April 6, unless extended by further order of the director.
The governor said the order is in accordance with guidelines from President Donald Trump and the CDC.
The social distancing order requires the following:
- Every person in the State of Missouri shall avoid social gatherings of more than 10 people.
- Everyone person shall avoid eating or drinking at restaurants, bars or food courts; provided, however, that the use of drive-thru, pickup or deliver options is allowed throughout the duration of the order.
- People shall not visit nursing homes, long-term care facilities, retirement homes or assisted living homes unless to provide critical assistance.
- Schools shall remain closed, but schools can provide child care and food and nutritional services for those children that qualify.
This does not prohibit people from visiting grocery stores, gas stations, parks and banks, so long as necessary precautions are taken to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, including maintaining at least six feet of distance between all individuals that are not family members.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported there are 106 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state on Monday, March 23.
Three deaths have been reported in Boone, Jackson and St. Louis Counties.
There are now a several positive cases of COVID-19 in southeast Missouri.