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Every Monday at 6:42 a.m. and 8:42 a.m., John Mehner provides information on what's happening in the area of regional development in Southeast Missouri. John is the President and CEO of the Cape Chamber.

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There seems to be some confusion about the face covering order for Cape Girardeau County and how it pertains to bars and restaurants.

The order from the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center went into effect on Monday, July 13th. There was no termination date in the order but recently it was revised to be reviewed at the next meeting of the Health Center board at the end of this month.

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Today’s business environment can best be described as a roller coaster ride. It is full of ups and downs, violent turns, sudden stops, and rapid accelerations.

Let’s take a look at some information from just this the past week. We learned that unemployment rates dropped for the month of June. And then we learned unemployment filings are on the rise again in July in some states. Many employees have gone back to work while others are in fields that still have not rebounded at all and their CARES Act benefits are about to expire.

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There were several pieces of good news this week at a time when we can really use them.

The unemployment rate for the state of Missouri fell to 7.9% for June. That compares to a national rate of 11.1%. While the county numbers haven’t been released yet, I believe the Cape County and Scott County numbers will both reflect a similar declining pattern. While this is good news, challenges continue everywhere related to the virus.

Cape Girardeau County has joined many others in Missouri, the U.S., and the world in issuing a face covering order.

On Friday, July 10, the Cape Girardeau County Health Department issued the guidelines in an attempt to reduce the number of cases, ease hospitalizations, and keep businesses open. Opinions on face coverings certainly vary but our local health professionals have determined this is a good step to take right now. The order took effect this morning at 12:01 a.m. and has no termination date at this time.

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As Missouri continues the Governor’s Show Me Strong Recovery Plan, challenges emerge for the business community and the general public.

This is a difficult time for local businesses. People are so divided on the virus, the spread, the threats, the perceptions, and what our personal responsibilities should be today and moving forward. This has become a very political issue and opinions are getting more deeply entrenched every day.

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