Governor Mike Parson has announced that Missouri will move to Phase 2 starting June 16. During Phase 2, there will be no statewide health order. All statewide restrictions will be lifted, though local officials will still have the authority to put further rules, regulations, or ordinances in place. Currently, there is no plan from the local officials in Atchison County, Missouri, to add any further restrictions.

“We must remember that COVID-19 is not gone,” Governor Parson said. “It is still extremely important for everyone to continue social distancing. Be proactive. Avoid large, congested crowds, and if you can’t social distance, take extra precautions to protect yourself and those around you.”

This is great news for restaurants and bars who have been unable to open their dine-in facilities due to seating capacity limitations and guidelines or who have been limited to provide curb-side service only. Now, those restrictions are lifted.

As for nursing homes and long-term care facilities allowing visitors, according to the Show Me Strong Recovery Plan, it states that “the State of Missouri and our partners in long-term care are committed to assuring the health and safety of some of our most vulnerable citizens in long-term care facilities throughout the state. Nursing homes, long-term care facilities, retirement homes, or assisted living homes may allow visitors in accordance with guidance set forth by the Department of Health and Senior Services.” However, most nursing homes (including Atchison County’s two nursing homes) are following CDC guidelines and are NOT allowing visitors yet. According to local health officials, they are still waiting to receive specific long-term care guidance.