Missouri - COVID-19 Covered


Total Cases: 169,829 (October 25)
Fatalities: 2,808 (October 25)
  • Community testing events will be held in Lafayette & Ray County on June 16. (June 15)  
  • Community testing events will be held in 21 Missouri counties through June. (May 4 


Essential Service Designations:

  • Governor Parson’s stay-at-home order does not prohibit Missourians from accessing essential services, such as grocery stores, gas stations, and banks, or engaging in outdoor recreation, provided that necessary precautions are taken and maintained to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. Missouri follows essential service designations set forth by the federal government. (April 3)

Labor & Workforce Guidance, Standards and Regulations:

  • Missouri’s recovery plan includes general reopening guidelines for businesses which can be found here 
  • Missouri’s Public Workforce System is providing job training opportunities for individuals whose employment has been impacted by COVID-19. (June 10 

Economic Stimulus & Relief:

  • Governor Parson announced more than $133 million in CARES Act funding to support critical services in several areas. (October 7 
  • Governor Parson announced that five Missouri colleges are grant recipients of over $5 million in CARES Act Child Care Plan funding. (October 1 
  • Missouri will reinstate requirements for unemployment benefits and food stamps that were previously waived due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (June 16) 
  • Missouri State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick announced the creation of a CARES Act funds information portal, in hopes that it will “allow Missouri citizens to feel confident that we are working to support our local communities and the state as a whole.” (April 22 

Business Support & Resources:

  • Governor Parson proclaimed a second extra session of the Missouri General Assembly must convene regarding supplemental appropriations for COVID-19. (October 21) 
  • Governor Parson signed an executive order to continue supporting remote notary services. (September 4 
  • Governor Parson and Missouri Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn announced $20 million in CARES Act Funds will be directed to meat and poultry establishments. (July 22) 
  • Governor Parson announced a new $22 million Nonprofit Relief & Recovery Grant to benefit nonprofits throughout the state. (July 22) 
  • Governor Parson announced $50 million in new grant programs for Missouri businesses. (July 14) 
  • Governor Parson signed a bill providing more flexibility for the Missouri FIRST program, through which the Treasurer’s Office invests in Missouri small businesses, agriculture, and governmental entities. (July 6) 



  • Governor Parson extended the mobilization of the Missouri National Guard to assist in the state’s COVID-19 response through December 30. (September 16 
  • Kansas City Mayor Lucas announces the extension of mask mandate until January 2021. (August 13) 
  • St. Louis County announces a series of new restrictions and guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19, including limiting gatherings to no more than 50 people, limiting business occupancy to 25 percentand mandating all bars to close by 10:00 PM nightly. (July 26) 
  • Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas has extended the city’s face covering mandate indefinitely. (July 10) 
  • Residents of St. Louis and St. Louis County will be required to wear masks starting July 4. (July 2) 
  • Governor Parson announced that Missouri will fully reopen and enter Phase 2 of its “Show Me Strong Recovery” Plan on June 16. (June 11) 



  • St. Louis County has expanded its public health order requiring children and students to wear masks. (August 21) 
  • Missouri school districts have eased attendance regulations for the upcoming school year amidst COVID-19 concerns. (July 8) 
  • Missouri’s head of elementary and secondary education announced several changes for the upcoming school year, including new social distancing requirements, getting rid of incentives for perfect attendance, and no longer using attendance as an accountability measure for school districts. (May 25 

State Higher Education:

  • A list of Missouri universities and colleges planning to reopen in the fall can be found here. 
  • The University of Missouri will require masks for its in-person classes for the upcoming fall semester. (June 30) 

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