With more than 2,700 Missourians having tested positive for coronavirus, several counties and cities implemented strict “stay at home” policies for residents prior to the statewide mandate that went into effect on April 6.
Gov. Mike Parson, who declared a state of emergency on March 13, first directed the state health director to order statewide social distancing. That order includes instructing Missourians to avoid social gatherings of more than 10 people and abstain from eating in restaurants and bars.
But on Monday, the whole state fell under a statewide stay at home order. Parson’s directive allows for local municipalities to institute their own, more stringent guidelines.
Here’s a look at what counties and cities across Missouri put into place before the statewide order. (This story will be updated.)
Those in Boone County are under a stay at home order from March 25 to 8 a.m. on April 24.
Branson’s Board of Aldermen approved an ordinance prohibiting large public gatherings and placing limitations on some non-essential businesses. It went into effect on March 24 at 8 a.m.
From March 24 to April 24, Cass County has ordered residents to only leave residences to perform “essential activities.”
Chariton County enacted a stay at home order from March 30 to April 24.
Clay County ordered residents to stay at home from March 24 to April 24 and to practice social distancing.
Cole County issued a stay at home order from March 28 to April 11.
Crawford County enacted a “shelter in place” order effective April 1. Non-essential businesses and activities are to cease in the county until April 30.
The city of Forsyth issued a stay at home ordinance that went into effect on March 29.
Greene County has issued a stay at home order beginning on March 26 for 30 days.
Jackson County began requiring residents to stay at home from March 24 until at least April 24 except for “essential needs.” Those deemed part of “vulnerable populations,” including elderly and individuals with health conditions, must stay home, the order said.
Jefferson County has adopted new restrictions to mitigate the spread of coronavirus. The stay at home ordinance went into effect March 24 and lasts until April 23.
Kansas City is under an emergency order requiring residents to remain at home from March 24 to April 25.
Effective March 30, Lafayette County fell under a stay at home order. Failure to adhere to the order could result in a Class A misdemeanor.
Perry County is under a stay at home order from March 26 to April 24.
The Platte County Health Department ordered residents to stay at home unless conducting what has been deemed an “essential activity.” The order is in place beginning on March 24 for the next 30 days.
Randolph County issued a stay at home ordinance from March 25 until April 24.
From March 25 to April 24, Ray County is under a stay at home order.
St. Charles County
St. Charles County has instituted an executive order requiring social distancing. The order requires residents to remain on their property or in their homes except for activities deemed “essential to their physical, mental, or spiritual well-being” or employment. The order went into place on March 24 and does not have an end date.
Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on March 24, those in the city of St. Joseph “are strongly encouraged to shelter in place by remaining in their respective residences, avoiding contact with people with whom they do not reside, and avoiding public places except when necessary to obtain food, supplies, and medical treatment,” according to the order.
Non-essential businesses will be prohibited from operating. A full list of businesses deemed essential are listed in the order. The order has been extended until April 24.
Residents of the city of St. Louis are under a stay at home order beginning at 6 p.m. on March 23. Individuals will still be allowed to leave their homes to “continue meeting their basic needs.” The order is in place until April 22.
St. Louis County
A stay at home order is in place for those in St. Louis County beginning on March 23. Residents will still be able to go to the grocery store and take walks in public parks.
Taney County approved a joint resolution and proclamation of emergency that included a stay at home recommendation effective March 27 for 30 days.
This story has been updated.
Kaitlyn Schallhorn is the editor of The Missouri Times. She joined the newspaper in early 2019 after working as a reporter for Fox News in New York City.
Throughout her career, Kaitlyn has covered political campaigns across the U.S., including the 2016 presidential election, and humanitarian aid efforts in Africa and the Middle East.
She is a native of Missouri who studied journalism at Winthrop University in South Carolina. She is also an alumna of the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C.
Contact Kaitlyn at email@example.com.