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Posted on: April 21, 2020

Perry County extends Stay-at-Home order until May 4


The Perry County Commission voted Monday, to extend the county’s stay-at-home order, with revisions that will allow non-essential businesses to reopen.  The amendments to the order are effective, 12:01 am, Monday, April 27, 2020, and will remain in effect until May 4, 2020.

A copy of the amended order can be found at:

Additions to the Perry County order are highlighted in yellow, while sections of the articles that will expire on Monday are struck through, and should be disregarded moving forward. The most notable change to the order affects the operation and reopening of non-essential businesses, provided they can demonstrate their compliance with the State’s order and adhere to all social distancing and social gathering restrictions outlined in the Perry County order. Other highlighted changes allow childcare facilities to serve working families.

A list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the amended order can be found at:

The Perry County Health Officer’s order issued Monday, March 23, 2020 regarding dine-in restaurant services remains in effect. Details can be found at:

Perry County Presiding Commissioner Mike Sauer said the number of cases of COVID-19 in Perry County has dropped significantly since the stay-at-home order was put in place last month.  “Over the last two weeks, the number of positive tests has slowed down considerably,” Sauer said. “The commissions voted to let some of the local non-essential businesses open their doors.” Sauer said returning to normal levels of activity in Perry County won’t happen immediately. “The process of getting everyone back to work will have to be done in phases,” he said. “The businesses allowed to open their doors must abide by the social distancing and gathering rules outlined in the state’s order, and our county order. Our main concern is making sure businesses can safely take care of their employees and customers. We are not telling anyone they have to go back to work, we are just saying if business owners would like to return to work and open their doors, we are loosening the restrictions.”

Perryville Mayor Ken Baer said this is a beginning step of slowly reopening our community.

“This revised order puts us on a path to reopen all Perry County businesses,” Baer said. “Regardless of the label some were given, all businesses are essential to their owners and employees. Falling under the State’s order will now allow other businesses to show their ability to use social distancing, personal protective equipment and proper precautions to open safely, protecting their employees and customers. Stay strong, stay safe and stay positive.”

For questions regarding the amended order, contact Perry County Clerk Jared Kutz at 573-547-4242.

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