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JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KCTV) – On Saturday, Missouri’s governor said he is issuing social distancing across the state and he said that "schools shall remain closed."

That means Missourians must avoid social gatherings of more than 10 people. “Social gatherings” refers to any plan or meeting that would bring together 10 or more people in a single place.

People must avoid eating and drinking at restaurants, bars, or food courts in Missouri. However, drive-thru, pickup, and delivery services are allowed.

Missourians are not allowed to visit nursing homes, retirement homes, or assisted living facilities unless they are providing critical assistance.

Additionally, “schools shall remain closed” in the state of Missouri.

This takes effect Monday and will remain in place until April 6 unless extended.

The governor said this “does not prohibit people from visiting a variety of places” as a long as precautions or taken including maintaining 6 feet of distance away from people who are not family.

People are still allowed to go to grocery stores and gas stations under this order.

A series of tweets from the governor outlining this in his own words is available here. is now with you on the go! Get the latest news updates and video, StormTrack5 weather forecast, weather radar, special investigative reports, sports headlines and much more from KCTV5 News. 

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