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

News

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.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

About FOX 2 News

FOX 2 and KPLR 11 in St. Louis cover the news in Missouri and Illinois. There are over 68 hours of live news and local programming on-air each week. Our website and live video streams operate 24/7. Download our apps for alerts and follow us on social media for updates in your feed.

President Harry Truman said: “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” That spirit is alive and well at Fox 2. Our teamwork is on display each and every day.

Our news slogan is: “Coverage You Can Count On.” We quite frankly are too busy to worry about who gets the credit. Our main concern is serving the viewer.

We go where the stories take us. Whether it be Washington, D.C when a Belleville man opened fire during a congressional baseball game practice or to Puerto Rico where local Ameren crews restored power after more than 5 months in the dark.

Coverage You Can Count On means “Waking up your Day” with our top-rated morning show. From 4:00 am-10:00 am we are leading the way with breaking news. But our early morning crew also knows how to have some fun! Our strong commitment to the communities we serve is highlighted with our Friday neighborhood shows.

Our investigative unit consists of three reporters. Elliott Davis focuses on government waste, Chris Hayes is our investigative reporter, and Mike Colombo is our consumer reporter. They work in unison with the news department by sharing resources and ideas.

We continue to cover breaking news aggressively and relied on our seasoned journalists to make a difference with the stories we covered. The shooting of Arnold Police Officer Ryan O’Connor is just one example of that. Jasmine Huda was the only reporter who had exclusive access to the O’Connor family during his amazing rehabilitation in Colorado.

Last, but certainly not least, FOX 2 and KPLR 11 are committed to covering local politics. We host debates among candidates and have the most extensive presidential election coverage. Our commitment to politics isn’t just during an election year. We produce two political shows that air every weekend.

More local COVID-19 maps and stats

Popular

Latest News

More News