St. Louis City Business Reopening Capacity Expansion Paused

An upward trend of COVID-19 cases in the city leads to business operations to stay at 75% capacity.

July 17, 2020 | 2 min reading time

This article is 4 years old. It was published on July 17, 2020.

Due to the alarming upward trending of COVID-19 cases over the past week the City of St. Louis Department of Health has announced that business operations in the City will remain at 75% capacity until further notice. Health Commissioner's Order No. 12 supersedes Health Commissioner’s Order No. 10 which allowed large venues to increase their capacity to 100% on July 20th. The Department of Health is also reminding all businesses that social distancing and face covering requirements should be in place at their establishments.

“The data is warning us that we must make adjustments in our reopening guidelines,” says Dr. Fredrick L. Echols, acting director of health for the City of St. Louis. “Along with this amendment we will continue to closely monitor what’s going on over the next several days to determine whether additional mitigation measures will be implemented to address the upward trend in the spread of the virus in the city.”

The Department of Health also reported that another disturbing trend that has been identified is that COVID-19 cases are increasing younger populations. Now, individuals between 20 and 39 years of age have for one-third of all COVID-19 cases in the city. This trend is alarming, because younger individuals have a sense of invisibility and they may not follow precautions and expose others while they are infectious.

Everyone has a part to play in slowing the spread of COVID-19. If people do not take it seriously we will continue to see more cases and deaths in our communities. We need all City of St. Louis residents to do their part.   

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