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Coronavirus in Missouri: Which counties have implemented ‘stay at home’ rules?


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.) 

Boone County

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.

Cass County

From March 24 to April 24, Cass County has ordered residents to only leave residences to perform “essential activities.” 

Chariton County

Chariton County enacted a stay at home order from March 30 to April 24.

Clay County

Clay County ordered residents to stay at home from March 24 to April 24 and to practice social distancing. 

Cole County

Cole County issued a stay at home order from March 28 to April 11.

Crawford County

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

Greene County has issued a stay at home order beginning on March 26 for 30 days.

Jackson County 

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

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

Kansas City is under an emergency order requiring residents to remain at home from March 24 to April 25.

Lafayette County

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

Perry County is under a stay at home order from March 26 to April 24.

Platte County

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

Randolph County issued a stay at home ordinance from March 25 until April 24.

Ray County

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.

St. Joseph 

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. 

St. Louis

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

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. 

EDITOR’S NOTE: For up-to-date information on coronavirus, check with the CDC and DHSS.