“Show-me Strong” – Gov Parson Recovery Plan
“Show Me Strong” FAQs
DHSS Order on Social Distancing Phase 1, April 27, 2020
PresidentTrump’s Guidelines Opening Up America Again
Governor Parson Announced the first phase of “Show Me Strong Recovery” plan to begin May 4. Resting on four essential pillars, the “Show Me Strong Recovery” plan is intended to protect those most at risk of exposure to COVID-19 while returning Missouri to a new normal:
- Expand testing capacity and volume in the state;
- Expand reserves of PPE by opening public and private supply chains;
- Continue to monitor and, if necessary, expand hospital and health care system capacity, including isolation and alternate care facilities for those that cannot self-quarantine at home;
- Improve ability to predict potential outbreaks using Missouri's public health data.
As part of pillar number 2 in the Show me Strong plan, the Missouri Department of Economic Development has created an online marketplace to connect buyers and vendors of PPEs:
Get Involved: Sell or Manufacture Medical Products to Missouri
Missouri COVID-19 Supply Solution
The “Show Me Strong Recovery” plan was developed in conjunction with the steps outlined under PresidentTrump’s Guidelines Opening Up America Again
Under the plan, all Missouri businesses will be allowed to reopen as long as they can comply with the six-foot social distance rule. Total limits on the number of those gathered will expire May 4. Cities will still have authority to impose stricter regulations. Lauber Municipal Law has prepared a circular detailing the policy implications for relaxing local social distancing in accordance with Governor Parson’s plan. That circular is linked here courtesy of Lauber Municipal Law.
Can my local health authority impose requirements that are more restrictive?
Yes. Local health authorities may enforce more restrictive public health requirements for businesses or individuals than the state. The only exception is the Order from the Director of the Department of Health and Senior Services dated March 24, 2020, removing the authority of a local health authority from closing or restricting the operations of a business which is a part of the food supply, whether that be agricultural production, manufacturing, distribution, or sale of food. This limited waiver does not limit the authority of a local health authority from closing or restricting the operations of a retail food establishment.
What if my city wants to allow local businesses to open but our county plans to extend it’s Stay at Home order? Can the county impose stricter limits than what the city wants to allow?
Counties may enact stricter regulations than the state, and cities could enact stricter regulations than the county. A city government is not required to use city staff or resources to enforce the county orders on behalf of the county. However, a city does not have the authority to prohibit or prevent county health officials from enforcing the county’s health regulations within city limits due to overlapping jurisdiction. (Attorney Joseph Lauber was consulted on this answer)
Lauber Municipal Law has prepared a circular detailing the policy implications for relaxing local social distancing in accordance with Governor Parson’s plan. That circular is linked here courtesy of Lauber Municipal Law.