Gov. Mike Parson announced Thursday that Missouri's order on economic reopening and social distancing will be extended to June 15.

Parson said he chose to extend the order because some areas of Missouri are further along with economic reopening than others.

"Extending the order will give these communities more time to prepare and with us at the state level, as we continue working towards Phase 2," said Parson.

The order, called Phase 1 of the Show Me Strong Recovery Plan, went into affect May 4. Parson said no guidelines in the original order will change during this time.

The plan included four pillars the state hoped to expand: testing, personal protection equipment supplies, health care resources and accurate COVID-19 data. It also included specific guidelines on how businesses can safely reopen and enforce social distancing.

Throughout May, Parson had said he was satisfied with how the state has acted on these four pillars and remained optimistic for the economy in the future.

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  • News reporter and assistant city editor, summer 2020. I am a second year graduate student studying public policy journalism. You can reach me at or on Twitter @MikaylaEasley

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