Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has not yet signed off on a statewide stay-at-home order, but indicated in a Thursday press conference that this could change soon.
Parson noted Missouri's social distancing requirements are set to expire shortly.
“We said we would evaluate (the next step) at the end of that order. That time is coming," he added.
Parson said he plans to announce more information on Friday. He said officials are trying to determine whether “essential businesses” could be classified differently in urban and rural parts of Missouri if there were a statewide order.
The state’s most populous counties already have put their own stay-at-home orders into effect covering more than two million Missourians.