Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: Officials in Missouri, US, maintain minimal COVID-19 restrictions statewide as of July 9; tighter measures still in force in some counties.

  • Alert Begins: 09 Jul 2020 05:21 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 31 Jul 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Missouri (map)
  • Time/Date: Indefinite
  • Impact: Likely business disruptions

Summary
As of July 9, state authorities in Missouri have only minimal restrictions in place as part of their effort to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). All state-level restrictions were lifted June 16 under Stage 2 of Missouri's economic recovery plan. Nevertheless, businesses that have reopened must still comply with certain mandates aimed at preventing new spikes in disease activity, such as performing temperature checks, enhancing sanitation procedures, enforcing social distancing guidelines, monitoring employees for symptoms, and minimizing business travel, among other things. Moreover, state directives empower city and county officials to maintain stricter restrictions within their jurisdictions if they consider it necessary to protect public health.

In Kansas City, business restrictions will remain in force until at least July 12. Under current guidelines, most businesses may open without capacity limits, provided they enforce social distancing measures. However, bars and taverns may only operate at 50 percent capacity. All residents must wear face masks whenever they are in indoor locations.

Authorities in Saint Louis County have also ordered residents to wear face coverings at public indoor locations; face masks are also required while outdoors whenever social distancing is not possible. Businesses allowed to operate must limit capacity, enforce social distancing guidelines, and implement enhanced sanitation procedures. In the city of Saint Louis, most businesses are allowed to operate without capacity limitations, with the exception of gyms and fitness centers which are limited to 25 percent capacity. The use of protective face coverings is also mandatory within the city.

In Jackson county, most businesses may operate at 50 percent capacity and face masks must be used in indoor public locations and on public transportation.

Some business disruptions are likely to persist. Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.

Advice
Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.


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