As the state prepares to move into the economic recovery phase of COVID-19, Governor Mike Parson today signed Executive Order 20-09 extending the state of emergency in Missouri through June 15, 2020.

At the White House Coronavirus Task Force press breifing, VP Pence praised Governor Parson’s approach to reopening our state economy and putting Missourians back to work.

Governor Parson initially declared the state of emergency on March 13 with the signing of Executive Order 20-02. Since that time, over 450 state statutes and regulations have been waived or suspended to assist with Missouri’s COVID-19 response.

Extending the emergency declaration will allow these waivers and suspensions to remain in place as Missouri moves into the recovery process. It will also allow continued flexibility in utilizing and deploying resources around the state where they are most appropriate.

“I want to be clear that this is not an extension of the ‘Stay Home Missouri’ Order. Our order reopening Missouri will still take effect on Monday, May 4,” Governor Parson said. “Extending the emergency declaration simply allows us to continue utilizing our resources and deploying them around the state, even as we move into the recovery process. This also enables us to keep all of the waivers or suspensions of state statutes and regulations in place while we adjust to the reopening.”

Governor Parson will introduce the reopening order next week, which will take effect on Monday, May 4.


Key Takeaways: 

  • Governor Parson is leading Missouri’s economic recovery, which focuses on the diversity of Missouri – its people, businesses, communities, and infrastructure, among others.
  • President Trump and VP Pence have praised the governor’s phased approach to reopening our state.
  • Extending the State of Emergency Order does not extend the Stay Home Missouri Order.
  • Missouri declared a State of Emergency before issuing the Stay Home Missouri Order to be able to access additional funding needed to combat COVID-19.
  • The State of Emergency will allow Missouri to continue accessing the resources needed to recover from this pandemic. This process is similar to how our state declares a State of Emergency during a flood or after a tornado.
  • The Stay Home Missouri Order will expire on May 4th and Governor Parson’s “Show-Me Strong Recovery” plan will begin to take effect.
  • To learn more about Governor Parson’s recovery plan, click here.