JEFFERSON CITY – During Tuesday’s, May 5, COVID-19 briefing, Gov. Mike Parson encouraged Missourians to shop at local businesses to help stimulate the state’s newly reopened economy.
“We are on the road to recovery, and we must continue taking steps to protect ourselves and others,” Parson said. “With that said, we encourage Missourians to safely re-engage in the economy. Now more than ever, Missouri businesses need our support to get back on their feet.”
Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe spoke during the briefing to provide an update on the Buy Missouri program, an initiative created in 2018 by Parson, when he served as lieutenant governor, to promote Missouri manufacturing businesses. The program recently reached 300 members.
“The importance of shopping and buying local has been highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Kehoe said. “When we buy Missouri, we support our friends and neighbors. Doing so will be even more critical in the coming weeks and months.”
The governor’s office highlighted multiple Buy Missouri members that altered their production to help the state respond to the coronavirus pandemic. The businesses mentioned include J Rieger & Co. and Restless Spirits Distilling Co. efforts to create hand sanitizer and TrippNT helping with the production of PPE to assist Missouri health workers.