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(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – Today, Governor 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,” Governor Parson said. “We hope easing this regulatory burden will not only assist restaurants financially during this time and avoid unnecessary waste, but also 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.

The Executive 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 Executive Order will terminate on May 15, 2020, unless extended in whole or in part.

“Many restaurants and bars are now offering drive-thru, pickup, and delivery options. This is a great option for Missourians to continue supporting their local businesses while still practicing the required social distancing,” Governor Parson said. “We will continue doing everything we can to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on Missourians and their families, which includes supporting Missouri’s small businesses and the communities that depend on them.”

EXECUTIVE ORDER 20-05 

WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, I signed Executive Order 20-02 declaring a state of emergency in response to the spread of the COVID-19 virus; and 

WHEREAS, COVID-19 poses a serious health risk for Missouri residents and visitors; and 

WHEREAS, due to the public health threat caused by the spread of COVID-19, many restaurants have been forced to limit their normal business operations or cease operations to promote public health; and 

WHEREAS, the limitations on restaurants could result in the spoliation of un-prepared food; and 

WHEREAS, there has been an increased demand for un-prepared foods at grocery stores across the state; and 

WHEREAS, restaurants may wish to sell their un-prepared food directly to members of the public without fear of punishment; and 

WHEREAS, section 44.110, RSMo, authorizes the Governor to, during a state of emergency, suspend the activities of any political subdivision of the state. 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, MICHAEL L. PARSON, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MISSOURI, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the Laws of the State of Missouri, including chapter 44, RSMo, I hereby order the suspension of any prohibition of the sale of un-prepared food by restaurants to the public or the enforcement thereof by any political subdivision of the state. Nothing in this order shall be construed to suspend the enforcement of laws pertaining to adulterated or misbranded food pursuant to Chapter 196, RSMo. 

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

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Missouri, in the City of Jefferson, on this 23rd day of March, 2020. 

MICHAEL L. PARSON, GOVERNOR


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