Missouri goes under a stay-at-home order tomorrow. Here's what will still be open.

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By: Claire Colby, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

MISSOURI — Missouri will be under a “stay at home” order starting at 12 a.m. Monday. The order, signed by Gov. Mike Parson, referred to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Homeland security when it comes to determining what businesses are deemed essential enough to stay open through the shutdown. The stay at home order runs through April 24, but may be extended by the Department of Health and Senior Services. 

Here’s how the  Department of Homeland Security categorized essential businesses

Health Care/Public Health: This includes hospitals, clinics, blood banks, medical supply facilities, pharmacies and dentist offices. 

Law enforcement, public safety, first responders: People working as 911 dispatchers, firefighters, emergency medical services technicians, police  officers or for emergency management agencies are essential. 

Food and agriculture: Grocery stores, restaurants (for carry out, delivery or drive-thrus), food processing facilities, farms, farm supply companies and food warehouses are all among essential businesses. 

Energy: “Workers supporting the energy sector, regardless of the energy source (including but not limited to nuclear, fossil, hydroelectric, or renewable),” are all considered essential, according to the Department of Homeland Security.  Local electrical utility workers are also included. 

Water and wastewater: Crews responsible for managing water treatment facilities and water infrastructure are essential. 

Transportation and logistics: Truck drivers, bus drivers, tow truck drivers, mail carriers and car repair technicians are all included. 


Public works and infrastructure support services: Workers like plumbers, electricians, exterminators, builders, HVAC technicians and landscapers who provide necessary services to essential businesses and homes are allowed to keep operating. So are any construction workers needed for “temporary construction required to support COVID-19 response.” Solid waste management workers are also essential. 

Communications and information technology: Journalists, internet providers and workers supporting software that helps enable remote work, distance learning and telemedicine are all essential. 

Other Community or Government Based Operations and Essential Functions: This miscellaneous category includes elections personnel, judicial system employees, weather forecasters, census workers, clergy for essential support, educator and staff at government offices who perform notary and recording services. 

Critical Manufacturing: Production of basic materials like steel and aluminum is essential, as is producing materials and products needed for medical supply chains. 

Hazardous Materials:  Workers who manage hazard waste “associated with any other essential activity, including but not limited to healthcare waste (medical, pharmaceuticals, medical material production), testing operations (laboratories processing test kits), and energy (nuclear facilities),” are considered essential. 

Financial Services: Workers needed “to provide business, commercial, and consumer access to bank and non-bank financial services and lending services, including ATMs, lending and money transmission, and to move currency, checks, securities, and payments (e.g., armored cash carriers),” are all considered essential. 

Chemical: workers supporting chemical supply chains production of things like hand sanitizers, food and food additives and pharmaceuticals are considered essential. 

Defense Industrial Base: Workers who support the essential services required to meet national security commitments to the federal government and U.S. Military are classified as essential. 

Commercial Facilities: Stores that provide building materials to provide repairs, equipment for essential services are considered essential. 

Residential and Shelter Facilities and Services: long term care facilities, animal shelters, and construction firms are all considered essential. 

Hygiene Products and Services: workers who produce hygiene products, work in laundromats and dry cleaners and provide disinfection services are all essential under the Department of Homeland Security guidelines. 

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