Parson directs state workers to go back to the office

Missouri Gov Mike Parson March 18 2021

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has directed all state employees to return to in-person work in the office by May 17, after many spent most of the past 14 months working remotely.

Parson’s order, announced Wednesday, also requires that all state buildings be open and accessible to the public during normal business hours. The governor cited the decreasing number of cases and the availability of vaccine.

His office says COVID-19 screening and testing protocols will remain in place and the state is encouraging all employees to consider vaccinations.