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Reopening Missouri

Proactively mitigate COVID-19 risks during business reopening in Missouri

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The Current State of Missouri amid COVID-19

Since June 16, the state of Missouri has moved into Phase 2 of their Show-Me Strong Recovery Plan. During this phase, the statewide public order will be lifted—Missouri will be fully open for business. Gov. Mike Parson added that if needed, local officials have the ability to implement further precautionary measures, “but from a statewide stance, all restrictions will be lifted.”

Reopening Missouri: Show Me Strong Recovery Plan

Missouri’s “Show-Me Strong Recovery” plan consists of two phases that guides Missourians to get safely back to work while protecting those most at risk of exposure to COVID-19. The plan will rest on four essential pillars, which are:

Pillar 1: Testing – Expand testing capacity and volume in the state, especially contagious individuals and those who have developed immunity to the virus.

Pillar 2: PPE – Expand reserves of personal protective equipment (PPE) by opening public and private supply chains.

Pillar 3: Hospital Capacity – Monitor and expand hospital and health care system capacity, including isolation and alternate care facilities.

Pillar 4: Data – Improve the ability to predict potential outbreaks using Missouri’s public health data.

These four health care pillars serve as a benchmark for how the state will move forward. On June 11th, Gov. Parson announced that all four pillars were met which proves that the state is now better prepared to deal with COVID-19.

Missouri’s Reopening Guidance

Upon successfully meeting the four pillars of the “Show-Me Strong Recovery” plan, the state has flattened the curve and expanded its healthcare capacity. Under phase 2, all restrictions are lifted. However, it is still recommended to continue maintaining physical distancing and practice good hygiene to prevent resurgence.

Businesses in Missouri are encouraged to practice the following guidelines as part of the Show-Me Strong Recovery plan:

  • Implement infection prevention measures according to industry best practices (e.g., PPE, temperature checks, sanitation and disinfection, etc.)
  • Modify physical workspaces to practice social distancing
  • Develop an infectious disease preparedness and response plan.
  • Monitor employees for indicative symptoms of COVID-19. Disallow symptomatic people to physically return to work until cleared by a medical provider.
  • Develop, implement, and communicate workplace flexibilities and protections (e.g., telework or work from home, return to work in phases or split shifts, limit access to common areas, flexible sick leave policies)

Reopening Checklists for Businesses in Missouri

In the full reopening of Missouri’s economy, precautionary measures should still be taken in order to mitigate any risks of contracting or spreading COVID-19 in the community. Businesses should implement public health and safety measures for their employees and customers.

To help Missourians, iAuditor by SafetyCulture provides resources such as reopening plan templates and reopening checklists that can be used to implement and manage health and safety protocols in worksites. Business owners in Missouri can review and use it for free to help protect their employees and customers.

Disclaimer: Please note that these checklists are hypothetical examples and provide basic information only. They are not intended to take the place of medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should also seek professional advice to determine if the use of such checklists are permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.


Jai Andales

SafetyCulture staff writer

Jai is a content writer for SafetyCulture based in Manila. She has been writing well-researched articles about health and safety topics since 2018. She is passionate about empowering businesses to utilize technology in building a culture of safety and quality.