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Businesses shuttered by virus begin reopening in Missouri

Business began reopening Monday in Missouri, although some cities hit hard by the coronavirus are keeping restrictions in place a little longer.

In lifting the statewide stay-at-home order, Gov. Mike Parson placed no limit on the size of social gatherings if people maintain the current 6-foot (1.83 meters) social distancing efforts. But some businesses — such as retail stores — will be required to take extra steps, such as limiting occupancy.

Among the businesses that can resume operations are restaurants, manufacturing plants, gyms and hair salons, along with churches and sporting events. But nursing homes, long-term care facilities, retirement homes and assisted living homes must continue stronger guidance to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Parson also allowed individual communities to set stricter rules. Stay-at-home orders will remain in effect through mid-May in St. Louis County and the city of St. Louis. More than half of the state’s 8,386 confirmed cases have occurred in St. Louis city and county, along with about two-thirds of the 352 deaths.

In Kansas City, Mayor Quinton Lucas is allowing the reopening of some “nonessential” businesses starting Wednesday. The order places limits on crowd sizes and, in some cases, requirements that contact information of those in attendance be recorded. Lucas’ order does not include restaurants, bars, gyms and other businesses that draw large crowds.

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