Virus claims first Mo. fatality, limits restaurant service

A Boone County resident dies, Gov. Parson relaxes a plethora of state rules

St. Louis-area McDonald’s began prohibiting inside dining per government directives affecting St. Louis County, the City of St. Louis, and Franklin County. Until further notice, these areas are asking bars and restaurants to close to inside service and/or seating. March 18, 2020. (Photo by Will Sites)

Clarion News staff reports

JEFFERSON CITY – Gov. Mike Parson announced today that the coronavirus has claimed its first Missouri victim, a Boone County resident, and that many Show-Me-State rules will be suspended to help speed the fight against COVID-19.

Parson stated during a Wednesday afternoon news conference that he is suspending government regulations concerning child care, transportation, tele-medicine, and elections. He said that the Missouri National Guard is on alert to assist with the fight against the growing virus threat. Currently, at least 24 Missourians have been diagnosed with CORVID-19.

In the eastern part of Missouri, The City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, and Franklin County have issued orders effective March 19, 2020 that all bars and restaurants prohibit inside seating/service. Delivery, carry-out, and drive-thru is allowed. The restriction is designed to last until further notice.

St. Louis-area Arby’s began prohibiting inside dining per government directives affecting St. Louis County, the City of St. Louis, and Franklin County. Until further notice, these areas are asking bars and restaurants to close to inside service. March 18, 2020. (Photo by Will Sites)

The Missouri governor, like many state and federal leaders, continue to urge citizens to stay calm and be healthy. Runs on grocery stores have emptied shelves of toilet paper, bread, milk, meat, over-the-counter medicines, and other staples. Parson is letting local school districts and health agencies to make decisions affecting their constituents.

“It goes back to personal responsibility,” Parson said. “It’s up to the individual.”

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