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By Amy Susan, Communications Manager

On April 3, 2020, Gov. Mike Parson announced a Stay at Home Missouri order. It took effect 12:01 a.m. on Monday, April 6, 2020. Here are details on what the order means for business. 


Click on the image above to view Gov. Mike Parson's highlights from the Stay at Home order announcement. Or read the full order here

This action provides clarity to all Missourians, will help stop the spread of coronavirus and gives businesses the direction they need to modify and continue operations during this crisis. Our friends at the Missouri Chamber also issued a statement in support of this decision (view it here). 

To provide additional clarity on what this order means for our manufacturing community, Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) Director Rob Dixon provided the following: 

Any business that meets any of the following criteria may continue to operate under the guidelines published on April 3.  They do not need a certification or waiver.  Again, if they meet any of these criteria, they are compliant with the order and may operate accordingly. More about waivers can be found below. 

Critical Manufacturing 

  • Workers necessary for the manufacturing of metals (including steel and aluminum), industrial minerals, semiconductors, materials and products needed for medical supply chains, and for supply chains associated with transportation, energy, communications, information technology, food and agriculture, chemical manufacturing, nuclear facilities, wood products, commodities used as fuel for power generation facilities, the operation of dams, water and wastewater treatment, processing and reprocessing of solid waste, emergency services, and the defense industrial base. Additionally, workers needed to maintain the continuity of these manufacturing functions and associated supply chains, and workers necessary to maintain a manufacturing operation in warm standby.
  • Workers necessary for the manufacturing of materials and products needed to manufacture medical equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Workers necessary for mining and production of critical minerals, materials and associated essential supply chains, and workers engaged in the manufacture and maintenance of equipment and other infrastructure necessary for mining production and distribution.
  • Workers who produce or manufacture parts or equipment that supports continued operations for any essential services and increase in remote workforce (including computing and communication devices, semiconductors, and equipment such as security tools for Security Operations Centers (SOCs) or datacenters).

Food & Agriculture

  • Food manufacturer employees and their supplier employees—to include those employed in food ingredient production and processing facilities; livestock, poultry, seafood slaughter facilities; pet and animal feed processing facilities; human food facilities producing by-products for animal food; beverage production facilities; and the production of food packaging.
  • Farmers, farm workers, and agribusiness support services to include those employed in auction and sales: grain and oilseed handling, processing and distribution; animal food, feed, and ingredient production, packaging, and distribution; manufacturing, packaging, and distribution of veterinary drugs; truck delivery and transport; farm and fishery labor needed to produce our food supply domestically and for export.
  • Farmers, farm workers, support service workers, and their supplier employees to include those engaged in producing and harvesting field crops; commodity inspection; fuel ethanol facilities; biodiesel and renewable diesel facilities; storage facilities; and other agricultural inputs.
  • Employees of companies engaged in the production, storage, transport, and distribution of chemicals, medicines, vaccines, and other substances used by the food and agriculture industry, including seeds, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, minerals, enrichments, and other agricultural production aids.
  • Animal agriculture workers to include those employed in veterinary health (including those involved in supporting emergency veterinary or livestock services); raising of animals for food; animal production operations; livestock markets; slaughter and packing plants, manufacturers, renderers, and associated regulatory and government workforce.
  • Workers who support sawmills and the manufacture and distribution of fiber and forest products, including, but not limited to timber, paper, and other wood and fiber products.
  • Employees engaged in the manufacture and maintenance of equipment and other infrastructure necessary for agricultural production and distribution.


  • Workers supporting the energy sector through renewable energy infrastructure (including, but not limited to wind, solar, biomass, hydrogen, ocean, geothermal, and/or hydroelectric), including those supporting construction, manufacturing, transportation, permitting, operation/maintenance, monitoring, and logistics.
  • Providing services related to energy sector fuels (including, but not limited, petroleum (crude oil), natural gas, propane, natural gas liquids, other liquid fuels, nuclear, and coal), supporting the mining, processing, manufacturing, construction, logistics, transportation, permitting, operation/maintenance, security, waste disposal and storage, and monitoring of support for resources. 
  • Manufacturing and distribution of equipment, supplies, and parts necessary to maintain production, maintenance, restoration, and service at energy sector facilities (across all energy sector segments).


  • Workers supporting the chemical and industrial gas supply chains, including workers at chemical manufacturing plants, workers in laboratories, workers at distribution facilities, workers who transport basic raw chemical materials to the producers of industrial and consumer goods, including hand sanitizers, food and food additives, pharmaceuticals, paintings and coatings, textiles, building materials, plumbing, electrical, and paper products.
  • Workers supporting the safe transportation of chemicals, including those supporting tank truck cleaning facilities and workers who manufacture packaging items.
  • Workers supporting the production of protective cleaning and medical solutions, personal protective equipment, disinfectants, fragrances, and packaging that prevents the contamination of food, water, medicine, among others essential.
  • Workers supporting the operation and maintenance of facilities (particularly those with high risk chemicals and/ or sites that cannot be shut down) whose work cannot be done remotely and requires the presence of highly trained personnel to ensure safe operations, including plant contract workers who provide inspections.
  • Workers who support the production and transportation of chlorine and alkali manufacturing, single-use plastics, and packaging that prevents the contamination or supports the continued manufacture of food, water, medicine, and other essential products, including glass container manufacturing.

Defense/Industrial Base

  • Workers who support the essential services required to meet national security commitments to the federal government and U.S. Military. These individuals include, but are not limited to, space and aerospace; mechanical and software engineers (various disciplines), manufacturing/production workers; IT support; security staff; security personnel; intelligence support, aircraft and weapon system mechanics and maintainers; and sanitary workers who maintain the hygienic viability of necessary facilities.

Commercial Facilities

  • Workers who support the supply chain of building materials from production through application/installation, including cabinetry, fixtures, doors, cement, hardware, plumbing, electrical, heating/cooling, refrigeration, appliances, paint/coatings, and employees who provide services that enable repair materials and equipment for essential functions.

Hygiene Products & Services

  • Workers providing disinfection services, for all essential facilities and modes of transportation, and supporting the sanitation of all food manufacturing processes and operations from wholesale to retail.
  • Workers necessary for the installation, maintenance, distribution, and manufacturing of water and space heating equipment and its components.

Transportation & Logistics

  • Workers supporting the distribution of food, pharmaceuticals (including materials used in radioactive drugs) and other medical materials, fuels, chemicals needed for water or water treatment and energy   Maintenance and operation of essential highway infrastructure, including roads, bridges, and tunnels (e.g., traffic operations centers and moveable bridge operators).
  • Automotive repair, maintenance, and transportation equipment manufacturing and distribution facilities (including those who repair and maintain electric vehicle charging stations).
  • Manufacturers and distributors (to include service centers and related operations) of packaging materials, pallets, crates, containers, and other supplies needed to support manufacturing, packaging staging and distribution operations.
  • Postal, parcel, courier, last-mile delivery, and shipping and related workers, to include private companies.

For the full list of exemptions outlined by Homeland Security, click here.

Business Waiver from the State

Businesses not meeting these criteria may request a waiver from the state's social distancing requirements by providing additional justification explaining why they are essential to public health and safety.  Missouri Department of Economic Development Director Rob Dixon is the person who approves or denies the waiver requests. You can find more on DED's website, including how to submit a request for a waiver, the DHSS order, and other details.  Visit to learn more. More about the waiver:

  • The order provides a waiver request process through the Department for businesses whose employees do not perform “essential worker functions” and who cannot operate with 10 people or fewer in a single space but wish to continue to operate.
  • The only aspect of operation to which a waiver would potentially apply is the social gatherings requirement.
  • Because a waiver would only apply to the social gatherings requirement, businesses whose employees perform non-essential functions and who could not abide by social distancing while operating will not qualify for a waiver.
  • In order to receive a waiver, businesses whose employees perform non-essential functions must establish in their request why excepting them from the social gatherings requirement and allowing them to continue operating would be in the interest of public health and safety.
  • A business should submit a separate request for each physical location that it wishes to continue operating despite not meeting the essential worker or social gatherings requirement.
  • Businesses whose workers perform essential functions or who can operate with 10 or fewer workers each 6 feet or greater apart do not need, should not request, and will not receive a waiver from the order.

Share this information with others within your company or within your network. Be safe. We are here when you need us. Connect with your Missouri Enterprise Area Business Manager at any time. Click on the image below to visit our Recover, Reboot and Reopen site filled with solutions and resources to help your business transition through the pandemic.