A social distancing order was recently put in place by Missouri Governor Mike Parsons. The order was put in place on Saturday and took effect on Monday morning. The current order will remain in effect until Monday, April 6, 2020. State government officials said is in accordance with guidelines from President Donald Trump and the CDC. The current order instructs all state residents to avoid social gatherings of more than 10 people. Residents are also required to avoid dinning at any restaurants or bars and are asked not to visit any nursing homes or retirement homes until further notice. All educational institutions are to remain closed, but they have the option to provide child care and food and nutritional services for those children who qualify. The order doesn’t currently prohibit residents from going to the grocery store, gas stations, parks and banks, as long as the necessary precautions are taken to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. These precautions include maintaining at least six feet of distance between all individuals that are not family members.