St. Louis City and County to allow restaurants and bars to fully reopen

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CLAYTON, Mo. – St. Louis City and County are allowing restaurants and bars to return to 100 percent capacity. It comes after capacity reductions for more than a year due to COVID.

Mayor Tishaura Jones and County Executive Dr. Sam Page made the official announcement this morning. The new health order is being called “Reopen STL.”  There is no limit on building capacity as long as a distance of six feet between people or dining groups is maintained.

This is what Page and Jones announced:

  1. All businesses will be able to operate at 100% capacity as long as they adhere to CDC distancing and masking guidelines
  2. St. Louis City and County will align masking mandates to CDC guidelines
  3. Going forward, all St. Louis City and County public health orders will be aligned to be the same
  4. Bars and restaurants will be allowed to stay open to their normal closing hour. In St. Louis City, bars will be able to stay open until 1:30 AM or 3:00 AM depending on their license. Bars must still adhere to CDC distancing and masking guidelines.

All of the above changes will go into effect at 8:00 a.m. Monday.

St. Louis City and County will be working in sync on COVID health orders from now on. The effort is a collaboration between the two governments and health departments.

“While the responses of the city and county have been similar, they have not always been in sync,” Dr. Page said. “Thousands of people a day toggle between the city and the county to work, attend school, dine out, shop, and worship.”

The Pandemic Task Force said last week that it is too soon to return to normal. Page says that the new health guidelines are a pathway back to normal. People still need to wear masks indoors, at large outdoor events, and socially distance.

“This is the new normal, not a return to normal,” said Jones at the end of the press conference.

Jones reminds people that there is a mass vaccination site at the Dome at the America’s Center open seven days a week and it is open to everyone over 16-years-old. St. Louis Firefighters are also helping to distribute vaccines to homebound people.

Page says that they will not be using a percentage for social distance guidelines for restaurants. But, they are asking groups to seat six feet apart from others.

St. Clair County is closing a mass vaccination center in Illinois after demand wanes. Jones said that FEMA will be updating her administration about when the mass vaccination effort at the Dome will end.

The CDC relaxed guidelines for fully vaccinated people last week. They said if you have been fully vaccinated, which means 14 days after your last dose of the vaccine, you can now attend small outdoor gatherings, walk your dog or dine with friends without a mask. But, it doesn’t apply to crowded outdoor activities, like baseball games or concerts.

Under the new CDC guidelines, anyone fully vaccinated can safely go to a hair salon indoor bar, exercise class or attend a worship service with a mask.

Health orders were last revised in St. Louis in March to increase restaurant capacity and extend a curfew. St. Louis County recently updated their guidelines to relax quarantine guidelines to match the CDC.

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