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Coronavirus: State of Missouri Issues Stay-at-Home Order

April 3, 2020

By: Tony F. Rupp

Foulston has produced a series of issue alerts as we continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation and provide additional guidance. Please find all updates and our latest resources available here.

Gov. Mike Parson issued a statewide stay-at-home order for Missouri late on the afternoon of Friday, April 3. The order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Monday, April 6 and runs until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 24. The order permits local authorities to impose more restrictive orders.

The order adopts guidelines from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to outline “essential” services that may continue to be provided. The list is set forth here.

The order permits additional waivers to be granted by the Director of Economic Development.

Consistent with other similar orders, it directs individuals to stay at home and leave their residence with limited exceptions. When an exception applies, the limitations on social gatherings (limited to 10) and social distancing apply.

Permitted exceptions include:

  • Going to work (if an essential service).
  • Accessing food, medicine, and other household necessities.
  • Seeking medical care.
  • Engaging in outdoor activity.
  • Attending a place of worship.

The Missouri order sets forth limitations on the number of people permitted in retail establishments at any one time.

In addition, it generally requires that workers remain six feet from each other in most jobs, with exceptions for family members and certain essential duties that require contact with other individuals closer than six feet.

For More Information

If you have questions or want more information regarding the Missouri stay-at-home order, contact your legal counsel. If you do not have regular counsel for such matters, Foulston Siefkin LLP would welcome the opportunity to work with you to meet your specific business needs. For more information, contact Tony Rupp at 913.253.2127 or For more information on the firm, please visit our website at

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This update has been prepared by Foulston Siefkin LLP for informational purposes only. It is not a legal opinion; it does not provide legal advice for any purpose; and it neither creates nor constitutes evidence of an attorney-client relationship.