Pulaski County, Missouri Stay-At-Home Order

Stay Home Missouri Order Effective 4/6/2020 until 5/4/2020

Read the Stay Home Missouri order here: https://governor.mo.gov/stay-home-missouri-order-guidance-and-frequently-asked-questions

UPDATE: Missouri will reopen economic and social activity on May 4th under Governor Mike Parson’s “Show Me Strong Recovery” plan.

Stay-At-Home Order Effective 4/2/2020 until 4/30/2020

Read the stay-at-home order here

UPDATE: Pulaski County Commissioners rescinded their Stay-At-Home order April 30th, 2020. Pulaski County will reopen economic and social activity on May 4th under Governor Mike Parson’s “Show Me Strong Recovery” plan.

Stay-At-Home Order FAQ

The following FAQ is provided by Pulaski County Health Center and can be viewed on their Facebook page.

Why was this order issued?

The Stay-At-Home Order was issued to protect the health and safety of all residents of Pulaski County, with the goal of limiting the continued community spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. It was issued based on the guidance of public health experts about the consequences of continued community spread of coronavirus in the Pulaski County area on health care availability and access.

How long is the order in effect for?

The new emergency order will take effect at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, 2020 and will remain in effect through 5:00 p.m. on April 30, 2020. The order will be evaluated on an ongoing basis and may be modified as circumstances change based on guidance from public health officials and other experts.

What does the order require?

The order requires Pulaski County residents to stay at home unless they are engaged in one of the essential activities specified in the order. Essential activities include working in one of the essential business, obtaining supplies or necessary services, seeking medical care, caring for a family member or loved one, and exercising and maintaining personal health. Individuals are strongly encouraged to practice physical distancing to the extent feasible while engaging in these activities. A stay-at-home order is not the same as a martial law type lock down. The intent was not to shut down the county but for it to run in a more responsible and safe way for residents and patrons.

Will residents be subject to penalties such as arrest or citations for leaving their home?

Residents can leave their residence to engage in essential activities, including exercising and maintaining personal health (walking/bicycling/running/etc.), working at an essential business, obtaining supplies or necessary services, or seeking medical care. We strongly urge residents to stay at home if they are not engaged in any of the essential activities as this will great [sic] aid efforts to stop the community spread of COVID-19. Law enforcement has the authority to issue citations based on the order.

A full list of categories of essential businesses is provided in the order. The County strongly encourages all essential businesses to allow employees to work from home and to maintain social distancing to the extent feasible in continuing to carry out their operations.

How will this emergency order be enforced?

The county has many mechanisms to enforce this order, including Health Department and Law Enforcement (City Police and Sheriff’s Department). This order will be enforced similarly to other business-related ordinances and violators will be subject to fines and business closure orders, among other penalties.

Can I travel to and from another county for work?

Yes, if you live in a different county from where you work can travel back and forth.

My business does not fall under one of the categories deemed essential, can it remain open if health precautions are taken?

Non-essential businesses can continue operations that can be conducted from employees’ homes or places of rest. They can also continue minimum necessary activities to maintain the value of the businesses’ inventory and facilities and to ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, or for related functions, as well as minimum necessary activities to facility employees of the business being able to continue to work remotely from their residence or places of rest, provided social distancing is maintained. Any operations that do not meet these requirements must be ceased.

If a non-essential business not listed in any section within the order would like to provide basic products or services, a formal request must be made to the Pulaski County Health Center. If approved to remain open, the non-essential business must meet guidelines set by the Pulaski County Health Center on precautionary practices.

Do businesses and/or employees need formal certification or identification that they qualify as an essential business and/or are employed at an essential business?


I am unclear whether my business qualifies as essential or non-essential. Can I receive a formal recommendation from the County as to whether I qualify?

Currently guidance is available on a general (industry) basis and not on a case by case (specific business) basis. We encourage all business owners to review the order int [sic] its entirety if they believe there is ambiguity about whether they qualify as essential or not. If you are unsure if you are an essential business, please call 573-736-2217 or email questions to pulaskicovid@gmail.com

I work at an essential business but don’t believe I am an essential employee. Do I have to work?

The County cannot compel any individual to go to work, nor can it make determinations for essential businesses about which employees are essential and non-essential for carrying out its work. Essential businesses can continue standard operations provided social distancing is maintained to the extent feasible. Essential businesses are strongly encouraged to allow employees whose duties can be carried out from home to do so.

I own a business in an essential industry. Do I have to stay open?

The County cannot compel any business to stay open.