CLAYTON, Mo. – St. Louis County Executive Sam Page says as more things are reopening in the county, officials have seen more cases of community spread. Page says the county has also seen more cases in younger people and more work-related cases.
Page also said the county is preparing for the fall and what could possibly be a second wave of increased coronavirus cases.
Page says it’s crucial that everyone wear masks as the county takes the next step in the reopening process.
Starting today, businesses can operate in St. Louis County at 50% capacity—that is up from the 25% rule that county businesses have been operating under for some time.
Also today, youth sports leagues can start in St. Louis County for activities like baseball, softball, and soccer.
Page says allowing more activities and more business capacity means more people will be out and about.
And that means there is more potential to spread COVID-19 unless masks are worn and proper social distancing is practiced.
Page says masks are already required in many businesses for employees and patrons and that any business can refuse service to anyone who won’t wear a mask.
“We are where we are today because we were prepared because we moved quickly, we made tough decisions when they weren’t popular. And it’s put us in a much better place as a community to gradually reopen our businesses,” said Page during a morning briefing.
Page explained they are also preparing for what could be a large increase in cases this fall. He says planning includes working with hospitals, community outreach, protecting those in senior living facilities, and monitoring PPE supplies.