Late Monday, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signed Executive Order 20-05, ordering the suspension of any prohibition on the sale of unprepared food by restaurants to the public.

“Due to the public health threat caused by COVID-19, many restaurants have been forced to limit or cease their normal business operations,” Parson said.

“We hope easing this regulatory burden will not only assist restaurants financially during this time and avoid unnecessary waste, but it also will help meet the increased demand for food across the state.”

Limitations on restaurants due to the COVID-19 crisis could result in the spoliation of unprepared food, and restaurants may wish to sell their unprepared food directly to members of the public without fear of punishment.

Parson’s order dictates the suspension of any prohibition of the sale of unprepared food by restaurants to the public or the enforcement thereof by any political subdivision of the state. Nothing in the order shall be construed to suspend the enforcement of laws pertaining to adulterated or misbranded food pursuant to Chapter 196, RSMo.

This order will terminate on May 15, 2020, unless extended in whole or in part.


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