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Both Missouri and Kansas have now issued orders to help stop the spread of infection. These orders supersede orders at the county level during the duration of the state order, unless the orders allow for tighter restrictions by local municipalities.

The situation is changing quickly, and it can be hard to keep track of who has ordered what. That’s why FOX4 has broken it down by state, including much the area surrounding the Kansas City metro.

On March 16, President Donald Trump released guidelines similar to those from the CDC, saying gatherings should be limited to 10 people and that schools should be closed for the next 15 days. While this serves as a recommended basis for the country to follow, other governments can and have enacted stricter measures.


On Friday, April 3, Gov. Mike Parson announced a “stay-at-home” order, banning all non-essential activities. The order comes as a major reversal of his stance, preferring to let local municipalities decide what is best. The order will begin on Monday, April 6 and go through Friday, April 24. The order extends to schools, many of which had already chosen to close in-person learning through the 24th.


On Saturday, March 28, Gov. Laura Kelly announced a statewide “stay-at-home” order, banning all non-essential activities. The order begins on March 30 and goes through at least April 19. On March 17, she had announced that all the schools in the state would switch to distance learning for the rest of the year, becoming the first state in the country to do so.


  • Jackson County
  • City of Kansas City
  • Johnson County, Kan.
  • Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan.

In a joint decision by the leaders of what they called the “CORE4” on March 21, these government groups announced a “stay-at-home” order, telling people to refrain from any gatherings and ordering non-essential businesses to close down. Here is a list of what counts as essential activities and essential businesses. School districts within these jurisdictions also agreed to remain distance learning during the order, which, as of right now, lasts through April 24.