Gov. Mike Parson has directed all state workers to return to work in person Monday, with no mask or social distancing requirements.
Parson said this comes as vaccines have become readily available and COVID-19 case rates remain low throughout the state of Missouri.
While masks and social distancing will not be required, the state is encouraging all state employees to consider getting vaccinated. Workers will also be encouraged to practice COVID-19 preventative measures.
Vaccines are available to all state employees, and workers can use the state's vaccine dashboard to find an available vaccine. According to the state health dashboard, 39.6% of Missourians have initiated vaccination and 32.8% have completed vaccinated.
New data from the state shows 50.1% of the population 18 or older has initiated vaccination and 41.8% have completed vaccination.
“As public servants in state government, it is important that we maintain a front-facing presence for those we serve, and it’s time we take this step towards normalcy for ourselves and the people of Missouri,” Parson said.
Starting Monday, all state buildings will also be open and accessible to the public during normal business hours.
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