St. Louis County working on plan to allow some indoor dining next month

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ST. LOUIS – St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page said during a morning COVID briefing the county could see a return of some indoor dining as early as next month.

Page said he has asked members of the St. Louis County Public Health Department and several restaurant advisors to work on a plan.

The specifics of the plan are still being worked out and Page wouldn’t elaborate on what a return to indoor dining could look like. The group is expected to finish its work this week.

FOX 2 was told the plan would allow for limited indoor dining but with new safeguards and restrictions aimed at reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission in restaurants. One restriction would likely deal with crowd capacities.

Page stressed that any indoor dining will still carry a risk, but he said with community and restaurant cooperation a plan can be worked out.

A spokesperson for St. Louis Couty said Page will likely announce more details of the limited re-opening plan sometime next week if the number of daily new COVID-19 cases in St. Louis County remains stable.

Page said when the current Safer at Home Order went into place on November 17, there were 804 new cases a day on average. He said as of yesterday, that number was 503.

Page said that number is still too high, but St. Louis County is making progress. He explained that according to the CDC, anything above 145 new cases for an area the size of St. Louis County is considered high risk.

Page also asked people to restrict travel and limit gatherings during Christmas celebrations to just their social bubble of no more than ten people.

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