St. Louis County bars, gyms, pools and summer camps may reopen in June, with restrictions

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ST. LOUIS – St. Louis County gyms, pools, sports leagues, bars, theaters, and entertainment venues may reopen in June with new restrictions.

According to St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page’s communications director, the first round of openings will be pools, gyms, and youth and adult sports leagues. The second wave of openings will be bars, theaters, and event spaces. All of these will likely be open by the end of June.

County Executive Page said duing this morning’s press conference that they are looking at reopening bars and entertainment venues later in June. They will be tracking the case numbers to see if that is possible.

Page says that summer camps can open on June 1. The rules are similar to the ones shared for daycares. The guidelines are posted here.

June 15 remains a target to reopen fitness centers. This does not mean that they will reopen on that date because gyms remain a high-risk concern. Page says masks can’t really be worn because of the nature of exercise.

There will be gyms and other businesses not included in phase one who will open earlier. St. Louis County will deal with them on a case by case basis.

Page says that he believes that pools may be open by mid-June. Masks and social distancing will be required when public pools reopen. The CDC has issued considerations for dealing with coronavirus and water recreation. St. Louis County will likely follow those guidelines when advising pools on procedures to let the public back in.

Masks should be worn in the workplace, according to County Executive Page. St. Louis County has received more than 250,000 face masks. They are going to start distributing them Friday to residents, business and church leaders in North County and other hard-hit areas.

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