Gov. Mike Parson highlighted Missouri’s recovery efforts from the coronavirus pandemic during his State of the State address Wednesday.
Parson pointed out the roles played by healthcare providers, first responders and other frontline workers.
“2020 was filled with countless struggles, but each day, these individuals showed up and met these challenges with grit, strength, and determination,” said Parson.
The governor also emphasized the need for COVID-19 liability protection for businesses, to save them from potential lawsuits.
“None of these groups should be penalized for their efforts to help. They must be able to continue serving the public without risk of unnecessary claims,” said Parson.
The speech took place in the Senate chambers this year, instead of the House. The last-minute change was because of concerns following a COVID-19 outbreak in the House, which just resumed work again this week.