St. Louis County, City reinstate face mask mandate starting Monday

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The City of St. Louis and St. Louis County announced on Friday that faces masks will again be required when inside public places and on public transportation beginning Monday.

The mandate will included everyone, regardless of vaccination status, that's at least 5-years-old and older.

“We’ve lost more than 500 St. Louisans to COVID-19, and if our region doesn’t work together to protect one another, we could see spikes that overwhelm our hospital and public health systems,” said Dr. Fredrick Echols, acting director of health for the City of St. Louis. “The City and County health departments are taking this joint step to save lives, make sure hospitals can provide the care residents rely on, and protect our children so they can enjoy a full range of educational opportunities this year. Wear a mask, wash your hands, watch your distance when possible, and most importantly, get vaccinated. Vaccines remain one of the best methods to prevent severe complications and death from the virus.”

The joint statement from Mayor Tishaura O. Jones and County Executive Dr. Sam Page cites the rise of COVID-19 hospitalizations and spread of the Delta variant as reasons for the new mandate.

There have been five deaths related to COVID-19 and 507 new cases in St. Louis in the last 14 days, according to data on City of St. Louis' website. In St. Louis County, the average number of news cases per day is 212 and since July 4 there have been 12 COVID-related deaths reported, according to STLCorona.com.

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