Majority of State Businesses Can Reopen Starting May 4 | KBIA

Majority of State Businesses Can Reopen Starting May 4

Apr 22, 2020

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Gov. Mike Parson said the majority of Missouri businesses will be able to start reopening May 4.

“I think we are going to be able to execute the plan” of reopening most businesses in the state, such as barber shops and restaurants,” Parson said during a Tuesday news conference at the Capitol.

While he didn’t detail how the plan would be executed, the “Show Me Strong” Recovery Plan, introduced Friday, states the gradual reopening of the state’s economy would be driven by Missouri-specific public health data.

Parson noted that some of the federal stimulus package, designed to aid states combating COVID-19, has arrived and some has not.

As of Thursday, more than 46,000 businesses in Missouri have received money from the federal Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, which grants a forgivable loan to local businesses if they maintain all of their employees’ payroll for eight weeks.

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