At Monday’s press release, Governor Parson announced the first phase of his “Show Me Strong Recovery” plan. This plan outlines the reopening of economic and social activities. This plan gets enacted on Monday, May 4, 2020. This plan will extend through Sunday, May 31, 2020.
Governor Parson said, “With favorable data and approval from state officials, we are ready to take another step forward in the recovery of Missouri.” 
Four Pillars of Recovering
The framework of Missouri’s recovery is intended to protect those most at risk of the virus while returning Missouri to normal. It is a framework that allows the state to work through a gradual opening; this leads to a broader economic recovery.
The four essential pillars are:
- Expand testing capacity and volume in the state
- Expand reserves of PPE by opening public and private supply chains
- Continue to monitor and, if necessary, expand hospital and health care system capacity, including isolation and alternate care facilities for those that cannot self-quarantine at home
- Improve ability to predict potential outbreaks using Missouri’s public health data
During phase one of the plan, citizens may begin returning to economic and social activities provided they maintain the social distancing guidelines. Some businesses may need to take additional precautions to protect their employees and the public.
Several more instructions are laid out for individuals as well as businesses. Among them is returning to work in phases or shifts. flexible sick leaves, and maximizing social distancing
“As we begin to reopen, we will be prepared, but the virus is still here. Protect yourself and the people you love. Take care of each other,” Governor Parson said. “Together, we will defeat COVID-19. Together, the state of Missouri will come back stronger than ever before.”