ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - All businesses in St. Louis County and the City of St. Louis can reopen to full capacity for the first time in more than a year due to pandemic-related restrictions.
The announcement was made in a joint press conference with Mayor Tishaura Jones and County Executive Dr. Sam Page.
Restaurants and bars can stay open to their regular closing hour and allow 100% capacity, but must still comply with CDC social distancing and face mask guidelines.
"The intent of this Reopen STL Order is to recognize with the increasing rate of vaccinated St. Louis County residents, especially among the elderly, the plateauing of the rate of new infections and capacity for the hospitals to quickly adapt for a surge of new cases, that many restrictive measures can now be lifted," the order states. "Additional restrictions could be reinstated if there is a resurgence of the virus or strains on health system capacity as measured by an increasing trend in new cases, increasing hospitalizations, high ICU occupancy rates and/or spread of more transmissible and deadly variants."
The plan, called the "Reopen STL Order," goes into effect immediately and you can read the full details here:
You can watch the full announcement here:
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