The US state of Missouri’s restrictions on businesses will be lifted on May 4, following a new plan put in place by Gov. Mike Parson.
In a news conference Monday, the governor said the state will be ready to begin reopening the economy next week.
“Our plan is working, the healthcare system is not overwhelmed and we are winning the battle,” Gov. Parson said.
Under the new plan, any business will be able to reopen as long as 6 feet of social distancing can be maintained. Indoor retail businesses will also have to limit their number of customers to no more than 25% of normal capacity. Local communities will be allowed to have stricter rules if they choose.
The governor’s order does not distinguish between essential and non-essential work. “All of Missouri’s businesses, employers, and employees are vital to our state’s economy and well-being,” Gov. Parson said in a written statement.
Missouri has recorded at least 7,305 coronavirus cases and 343 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.
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