Governor Mike Parson issued a Stay Home Missouri order this afternoon, effective 12:01AM CDT Monday April 6.

The order explicitly states that Missourians residing in the state shall not leave their homes or places of residence unless necessary.

“First and foremost, I want everyone to know that I love this state and the people of this state,” Governor Parson said. “The people of this great state clearly define who we are in Missouri, and as Governor, I have no greater responsibility than to protect the health, well-being, and safety of all Missourians.”

In addition to requiring Missourians to stay at home, the order requires residents to avoid social gatherings of over ten people. Closure of all public and charter schools for the duration of the order. Requires business not deemed essential as defined by the Federal Government, to observe social distancing and social gathering requirements. And sets requirements for retail establishments deemed essential to limit the number of employees and guests in the establishment at any one time.

The Order does not prohibit Missourians from accessing essential services, such as grocery stores, gas stations, and banks, or engaging in outdoor recreation, provided that necessary precautions are taken and maintained to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, including observing the social gathering and social distancing requirements set forth in the Order.

“There comes a time when we have to make major sacrifices in our lives. Many of us make sacrifices each and every day, but now more than ever, we must all make sacrifices,” Governor Parson said. “This is not about any one individual person. This is about our families, friends, neighbors, and the entire state of Missouri. For the sake of all Missourians, be smart, be responsible, and stay home, Missourians.”

You can read a summary of the order here. You can read the entire order here. The order is in effect until at least 11:59PM CDT Friday April 24 unless extended by The Director of Health and Senior Services.