Missouri businesses begin to reopen as stay-at-home order expires

Missouri businesses begin to reopen as stay-at-home order expires
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Businesses across Missouri began reopening on Monday, a day after a state order shuttering most nonessential businesses expired.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R) toured the state along with his wife on Monday in order to promote local businesses and encourage Missourians to patronize shops and restaurants.

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“We believe we are on the downside of this virus,” Parson said Monday, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “This reopening is a gradual process but we are on the right track."

However, his remarks came the same day the state recorded its largest increase so far in total confirmed cases of the coronavirus, the Post-Dispatch reported. The state has recorded more than 8,100 cases so far.

Parson reportedly tried to calm fears about the virus spreading at a news conference on Friday.

“I know many people are excited for Monday. Others might still be nervous and uneasy,” he said, according to the newspaper. “Again, just because we are reopening doesn’t mean things will go back to normal right away.”

The state's stay-at-home order allowed many nonessential businesses to remain open with social distancing restrictions. Lifting it keeps those limits in place but allows some additional businesses, such as salons, to reopen. Areas within the state hit harder by the coronavirus remain under local stay-at-home orders.