With COVID-19 testing increasing and the percentage of positive tests dropping, the state of Missouri is set to begin its Phase 2 re-opening plan. Missouri Governor Mike Parson delivered the good news during a press conference Thursday afternoon.

The reopening plan also involves lifting restrictions on long term care facilities in Missouri.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of many fairs and festivals in Missouri. This has left the fate of this year’s Missouri State Fair up in the air. Parson says the fair will be held in some capacity.

Early plans call for the fair to be held during its originally scheduled window of August 13 to the 23rd. The push to re-open Missouri in the wake of the pandemic has largely been due to the need to jump-start the economy. Missouri Director of the Department of Economic Development, Rob Dixon says he is already seeing some positive trends for the state’s economy.

While Missouri continues to move towards fully re-opening, Missourians are reminded to continue to practice social distancing and avoid large crowds when possible.