We need clear health and safety standards that businesses can adapt to meet
The Coronavirus has taken an unprecedented toll on Missourians and their families. Many are grieving loved ones, more are still fighting the virus, and nearly every community is dealing with hardships created by blanket shutdowns. As lawmakers make crucial decisions in the coming days to address this crisis, they should consider how to protect public health while enabling Missourians to get back to work.
Throughout this crisis, we’ve seen communities and businesses come together to provide the goods and services Missourians need while protecting public health. We can protect public health and get people back to work safely. The choice between blanket shutdowns and returning to life as it was before COVID-19 is a false choice.
Missouri needs clear health and safety standards that businesses can adapt to meet. Those that can meet clear standards should be allowed to reopen. This allows all businesses to innovate, rather than broadly lumping them into “essential” and “non-essential” categories with no clear path to safely reopening.
Let’s get Missourians safely back to work so we can help meet their own needs and the needs of others.