On May 8, acting director Emily Doucette issued a Public Health Order, adopting the Missouri Show-me Strong Recovery Order dated April 27, 2020. Under the new order, certain businesses will be able to reopen, and individuals may resume certain activities prohibited under previous St. Louis County Stay-At-Home Orders. This order takes effect on May 18, 2020, and remains in effect until rescinded or amended.
Under the new order, certain nonessential businesses may resume operations. All businesses must limit any gatherings in any one location to 10 people or less and comply with social distancing requirements. Additionally, all business must make arrangements for:
Employers must require employees to wear face masks unless they are working alone in an enclosed area. Employers must also encourage any employee showing symptoms of or having come into contact with someone with COVID-19 to isolate.
Certain businesses directly open to the public may resume operations as well; however, they must limit the number of people at a particular location to 25% of the authorized capacity under the local occupancy code for businesses with less than 10,000 square feet, or 10% of the authorized capacity under the local occupancy code for businesses with more than 10,000 square feet. These businesses must also arrange for:
These businesses must also prohibit outside containers from being brought in, which includes reusable shopping bags.
Businesses may deny entry to anyone who refuses to wear a face mask for a non-medical reason. However, businesses may not require an individual to provide proof of their medical condition, but instead must provide an alternative method of pick-up for items such as medications, medical supplies or food.
The following businesses and venues are still prohibited from opening to the public:
Finally, under the order, the general public must continue to limit gatherings to 10 people or fewer and practice social distancing. Although the order does not generally require face masks, the general public is encouraged to wear masks when in a closed public space, not able to maintain a six feet distance from others or on any public transit.
St. Louis City’s Mayor, Lyda Krewson, also announced on May 5, 2020, that the City will begin a gradual reopening along with St. Louis County on May 18, 2020. No order had been published as of today.