ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - After weeks of warnings from officials in St. Louis County, new restrictions were finally rolled out Friday morning. It comes as new records for total coronavirus cases and hospitalizations continue to set daily records in the region.
St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page and the health department announced the new rules Friday morning, which are the most severe we've seen in months. They will be in place for four weeks starting Tuesday.
They include a limit on people leaving home only for necessary things like work, school, groceries, exercise or medical attention. Residents can go to social gatherings, but must say in social bubbles with only up to 10 people and it can only be that same small group of people at any gatherings throughout the durations of the restrictions.
"This won't be easy and this won't be fun," Page said during the Friday announcement. "I wish this wasn't where we had to go, but it is."
Page says the new rules aren't the same as stay-at-home orders, but more like "safer at home."
Indoor dining will be closed to customers at all bars and restaurants, but carryout orders will still be allowed.
All businesses will be limited to 25% capacity – which is down from the current 50% limit. Same goes for places like gyms and churches, which will also be required to wear face masks while inside.
One activity that won't have a big change in the new restrictions are youth sports, which will be allowed to continue under the current guidelines.
You can see the full guidelines posted at STLCorona.com.
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