Missouri Governor, Mike Parson, is allowing concerts to resume across the state.
Parson, a vocal opponent of the nationwide stay-at-home orders put in place to inhibit the spread of the novel coronavirus, reluctantly introduced a month-long lockdown for his state on April 3rd, which is set to expire tonight at 11:59 pm.
From there, the Republican governor’s “Show Me Strong” economic recovery plan kicks in, calling for businesses to gradually reopen in a limited capacity on Monday, May 4th, serving customers in compliance with social distancing protocols. The plan also effectively lifts the ban on public gatherings, but encourages venues, movie theaters, and stadiums, to allow for “seating spaced out according to social distancing requirements.”
And though they’ve been given the green light by the governor, many of the state’s biggest venues (located in the cities hit hardest by the COVID-19 outbreak,) won’t be up and running anytime soon. In a tweet, St. Louis mayor, Lyda Krewson, insisted the city “will continue to be guided by data, not dates,” regarding her decision to keep a stay-at-home order in place until further notice. Other local officials are providing strict guidelines for businesses choosing to open their doors. Heading west, Kansas City mayor, Quinton Lucas, outlined a plan that lets businesses resume at just 10% of building and staff capacity on May 15th, mandating the establishment takes the information of any customer who visits the store for more than 10 minutes.
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