Governor Parson Announces Missouri Will Fully Reopen, Enter Phase 2 of Recovery Plan on June 16

(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – Pending expiration of Phase 1 on June 15, Governor Mike Parson announced today that Missouri will fully reopen and enter Phase 2 of its “Show Me Strong Recovery” Plan on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. 

“It is truly incredible to think about how far Missouri has come since March. At that time, no one knew what to expect. There was a lot of uncertainty, worry, and concern,” Governor Parson said. “Here we are today, just over 90 days since our first COVID-19 case in Missouri, and I am proud to say we have overcome all of these challenges and more than met our four pillars to reopen.” 

During Phase 2, there will be no statewide health order. All statewide restrictions will be lifted, though local officials will still have the authority to put further rules, regulations, or ordinances in place.

The decision to reopen was dependent on the four essential “Show Me Strong Recovery” pillars:

  1. Expand testing capacity and volume in the state
  2. Expand reserves of PPE by opening public and private supply chains 
  3. Continue to monitor and, if necessary, expand hospital and health care system capacity
  4. Improve ability to predict potential outbreaks using Missouri’s public health data

Weekly testing in Missouri has increased more than 220 percent from approximately 16,000 test encounters the week of April 20 to over 53,000 encounters the week of May 25. Over the past two weeks, the state has averaged more than 10,000 tests per weekday. 

Missouri continues to receive and distribute PPE across the state. Yesterday, the state reached a record PPE shipment, expanding to include not only hospitals, health care facilities, and EMS but also dental offices as more are reopening across the state. Yesterday’s shipments included the following:

  • 17,230 gowns 
  • 42,720 N95 masks
  • 262,000 gloves 
  • 77,100 surgical masks 
  • 18,432 face shields 

Missouri has also received national recognition for the use of its PPE marketplace, which helps health care providers with Missouri manufactures and suppliers. Currently, there are over 100 hospitals, 436 suppliers, and 1,567 health care providers, businesses, and other organizations registered in the PPE marketplace. 

Regarding hospital capacity, hospitalizations fell by 43 percent statewide from May 1 to June 10. In April, the state converted a hotel into an alternate care site in just 11 days. 

Missouri now also has a comprehensive COVID-19 dashboard containing data from across the state on testing, positivity rate, deaths, and hospitalizations. Much of the data is broken down further by county or demographics. 

“We have learned and accomplished so much since March. Knowing what we know now, we are much better prepared to deal with COVID-19 going forward, and we are fully confident that Missouri is ready to take the next step,” Governor Parson said. 

While Missouri will fully reopen on June 16, Governor Parson emphasized the importance of continuing social distancing and practicing proper hygiene to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

“We must remember that COVID-19 is not gone,” Governor Parson said. “It is still extremely important for everyone to continue social distancing. Be proactive. Avoid large, congested crowds, and if you can’t social distance, take extra precautions to protect yourself and those around you.”  

“We all know how to do this now, and it is up to us to take responsibility for our own actions,” Governor Parson continued. 

In preparation of Phase 2, Governor Parson signed Executive Order 20-12 extending the state of emergency in Missouri through December 30, 2020, in order to utilize federal CARES Act funding. Extending the state of emergency will also allow continued flexibility in deploying resources around the state as Missouri reopens and recovers from COVID-19. 

Executive Order 20-12 also further extends four previous Executive Orders assisting with Missouri’s COVID-19 response through December 30:

  • Executive Order 20-04 easing regulatory burdens and certain provisions related to telemedicine and motor carriers
  • Executive Order 20-05 allowing the sale of unprepared restaurant foods to the public
  • Executive Order 20-06 mobilizing the National Guard in our response efforts
  • Executive Order 20-08 waiving the requirement for a person to be physically present in front of a notary public

Extending these Executive Orders is consistent with the emergency declaration and gives Missourians more time to adjust as the state works through the economic recovery process. To view Executive Order 20-12, click here.

Governor Parson was joined today by Missouri Department of Economic Development Director Rob Dixon to share more details about the state’s recovery plans as well as a new economic recovery dashboard

To view Governor Parson’s remarks from today’s briefing, please see attachment. Pictures will be available on Governor Parson’s Flickr page.

Planning Continues for the 2020 Missouri State Fair

The Missouri State Fair will be held as scheduled August 13-23, 2020. However, the Fair will look differently than previous years. The mission of our Fair has always been to showcase Missouri agriculture, so our livestock shows will continue to honor that tradition. Details for our vendors, sponsors, and other partners are still being determined.

Our hearts broke as we watched COVID-19 cancel fairs, festivals and expositions around the world. We know the countless hours our exhibitors and Fair families have put in to taking care of their livestock and 4-H and FFA projects. Our priority continues to be the promotion of excellence in Missouri agriculture and our future agriculture leaders.

We know you will have a lot of questions moving forward. Our plan is to evaluate the many details of our traditional Fair and place those considerations in front of our governing body, the Missouri State Fair Commission. As we have more details, we will broadcast that through our website, social media pages and media partners. Stay up-to-date on the latest Fair updates by becoming a Fair Fan at mostatefair.com. Help us spread the word by sharing on social media.

Car Show, July 18th in Butler

Join the Butler Chamber of Commerce for a Car Show!

Saturday, July 18th 2020

Registered Vehicles will be parked in the Butler Aquatic Center Parking Lot – 1002 S Parkview, Butler MO, 64730

Registration starts at 4PM
Car Show Judging starts at 5PM

$15 Car Show Participant Entry Fee

***Half of the Entry Fee will go towards Cash Prizes & the other half will go towards helping the Butler Chamber fund events***

Food, Drinks & Shaved Ice will be available to purchase.

For questions, contact Barb Lawrence at director@butlerchamber.com

11th Annual Log Cabin Festival

The date is set for the 11th Annual Log Cabin Festival. The event will be held in Harrisonville on October 2nd and 3rd.
Vendors may start registering for booth rental space or a Business Expo booth.
Hours will be Friday October 2nd from 5 pm until 8 pm and Saturday from 9 am until 8 pm.
Other activities will be a Carnival, Food Vendors, Art and Craft Vendors. Children’s Activities, Petting Zoo and Farmer’s Market.
For questions call the Harrisonville Chamber of Commerce 816-380-5371 Registration forms found on their website and facebook page should be returned to 106 South Independence, Harrisonville.