COVID-19: City of WP Stay at Home Order Extended Through May 3; Non-Essential Businesses Can Now Open with Restrictions

West Plains Mayor Jack Pahlmann has extended the City’s Stay at Home Order through 11:59 pm Sunday, May 3, with the City’s Order now mirroring the State of Missouri’s Order in its entirety.

This Order now allows West Plains businesses considered “non-essential” to open if they comply with the social gathering and social distance requirements of the Order. This includes no more than 10 individuals (including both employees and customers) occupying a single space, staying six feet away from other people at all times, and using proper disinfectant and sanitation practices. Restaurants are only allowed to serve customers by drive-through and curbside pick-up, and the Order does not allow for dine-in options.

Mayor Pahlmann made this decision based on consultation from the Howell County Health Department, which recommended following the State’s Order.

The Order still directs all West Plains’ residents to avoid leaving their residences unless necessary and to practice social distancing when traveling outside of their homes to work and to access necessities such as food, prescriptions, and health care. People are also allowed to leave their homes to engage in outdoor activity.

Occupancy limits remain in effect, with the Order requiring retail operations to limit the number of customers in a building to 25 percent or less for businesses with less than 10,000 square feet, and 10 percent or less for locations with 10,000 square feet or more. That percentage is based on the entity’s authorized fire or building code occupancy.

Citizens and businesses are encouraged to read the complete Order by visiting, and clicking on the green “Stay at Home Order Facts” button at the top of the landing page. The Order gives guidance on what is allowed or prohibited, as provided by the State of Missouri.

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