by: Scott McCaulley
Although COVID-19 Vaccinations are increasing while cases overall are decreasing, both the States of Missouri and Arkansas will keep Declared State of Emergency Orders in place.
Missouri Governor Mike Parson issued his Executive Order last week extending the Show-Me-State’s Order under August 31st of this year. According to a release from the Governor’s Office, the state of emergency extension will allow the state continued flexibility in providing resources and easing regulatory burdens to further assist Missouri’s COVID-19 recovery efforts. This also allows for continued utilization of the Missouri National Guard and federal funding for COVID-19 response efforts.
Similar reasons were stated by Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson as he made a request to the Arkansas Legislative Council to extend the Natural State’s Emergency Declaration through the end of May. The procedure is part of the new State Law giving the Legislation more authority in declaring and extending Emergency Orders. The council did approve the request.