To reduce the spread of the coronavirus in St. Louis Saturday, March 21 Governer Mike Parson issued a stay at home order during a press conference briefing.
The restrictions will begin Monday at 6:00pm and will require citizens to stay at home when possible. Residents can still go to grocery shop, release stress and exercise in parks.
The announcement is after the reaction to a woman in St. Louis County who is now deceased after being diagnosed with the coronavirus.
According to officials with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said COVID-19 cases have reached 73 in the state, up by 26 cases since Friday morning.
More information to be released at 3 p.m. during the press conference
UPDATE as of 3:00PM
Social Distancing Order Requires The Following:
- Every person is in the State of St. Louis Missouri shall not meet or gather with 10 people or more in the state of St. Louis County.
- No person should visit senior living homes
- ALL bars and restaurants are closed. It has been mandated to utilize drive-through options at this time.
Department of Health and Senior Services has taken the following steps to help with childcare and more during the COVID-19 CRISIS:
- Extending childcare Benefits: Licensed childcare providers are able to exceed the 10 person capacity. The state has also granted short term licenses of 60 days.
- PSNAP- Households of three who already are on the SNAP program will be administered an additional amount of funds for March, April & May.
- FREE and reduced lunch programs for families. Additional snap program benefits.
- Income tax deadlines have an automatic extension from April 15, 2020- July 15, 2020
- Registration and license plate deadlines have been granted and automatically extended deadline for 60 days effective immediately.
UPDATE: March 23,2020
If the Stay at Home Order is violated, it carries a potential misdemeanor charge.
The Mayor of St. Louis and St. Louis County Executive both say all residents need to stay home. Citizens are only to leave for essential activities. That includes going to the grocery store or pharmacy, or jobs for essential workers.
St. Louis County Executive Sam Page says that he still wants people to meet their basic needs while slowing the virus’ spread.
People at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and people who are sick are urged to stay in their residence except as necessary to seek medical care.
What are essential activities?
Essential activities are activities or tasks essential to an individual’s health or safety or the health and safety of their family or household members. These activities include:
- Obtaining medicine or seeing a doctor or other health care provider
- Getting necessary services or supplies for themselves or their family or household members, such as
food, pet food, and supplies necessary for staying at home
- Obtaining supplies necessary for maintaining a household
- Obtaining supplies necessary for working from home
- Engaging in outdoor activity, such as walking, hiking, or running
- Performing work providing essential services at an Essential Business
- Caring for a family member in another household
- Caring for the elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable persons
Organizations that provide the goods or services needed for an essential activity.
- Childcare facilities
- Government operations
- Restaurants for consumption off-premises
- Food, beverage (to go, carry out or curbside), liquor stores and cannabis production and agriculture
- Lawn care companies
- Financial institutions
- Pharmacies, health care supply stores, and health care facilities
- Grocery stores
- Gas stations and auto repair facilities
- Garbage collection
- Hardware stores, plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences and other essential businesses.
- Educational institutions, for the purposes of facilitating distance learning;
- Organizations that provide charitable and social services
- Laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry service providers.
- Hotels and motels, to the extent used for lodging and delivery or carry out
- Transportation, for purpose of essential travel.
- Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, and goods directly to residences
Source: FOX 2
who believe they may have COVID-19 should call their primary healthcare provider.
Please call 800-392-3738 for any issues or concerns regarding social distancing