Gyms, golf courses, movie theaters will reopen in Franklin County, Mo this week

(KMOX) - Franklin County is planning to allow some businesses to reopen this week amid the COVID-19 crisis.

County Presiding Commissioner Tim Brinker said golf courses, movie theaters, concert halls, gymnasiums, exercise and fitness studios, bowling alleys and skating rinks will be allowed to reopen at midnight Friday.

All those businesses have been closed since March 24th. They will still have to follow social distancing guidelines outlined in Gov. Mike Parson's stay-at-home order.

As of Tuesday afternoon, there were 102 positive cases and five deaths in Franklin County caused by COVID-19. That's a rate of 98.39 cases per 100,000 people, which is compared to rates of 234.01 and 289.59 in St. Louis County and the City of St. Louis, respectively, according to the state health department

Brinker says there will still be a restriction on gatherings of more than 10 people. Government workers in the county returned to work on Monday and Brinker says government buildings will reopen to the public on May 1.

Parson wants almost everything opened when the state's stay-at-home order expires on May 3. He says he's talking to county officials, mayors and industry leaders and drafting guidelines on how to make that happen. 

He says those details will be ready to view by April 29. 

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