St. Louis City and County Jointly Revise COVID-19 Mitigation Measures

In the revised guidelines, occupancy requirements are replaced with a minimum six-foot social distancing requirement among occupants on the premises.

May 4, 2021 | 2 min reading time

This article is 3 years old. It was published on May 4, 2021.

The City of St. Louis and St. Louis County have adopted standardized COVID-19 mitigation measures for the two jurisdictions. The cross jurisdictional collaboration that helped develop the revised COVID-19 health and safety guidelines will be beneficial to both the city and county in their pandemic response efforts

“The revised guidelines ensure residents and businesses take precautions to continue reducing exposure to and spreading of SARS CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19,” says Dr. Fredrick Echols, acting director of health for the City of St. Louis. “The standardization of mitigation measures also contributes to clear communication of guidelines from jurisdiction to jurisdiction and assists with preventing misunderstanding of expectations and responsibilities of individuals who travel back and forth.”

In the revised guidelines, occupancy requirements for venues and establishments are replaced with a minimum six-foot social distancing requirement among occupants on the premises. Under these conditions, establishments’ occupancy capacity is limited by social distancing requirements, one of the most effective measures to prevent the spread or SARS CoV-2.

In addition, under the following conditions face coverings are no longer required for persons while outdoors:

  • The individual is fully vaccinated (14 day have passed since the completion of the COVID-19 vaccine regimen).
  • The individual (vaccinated and unvaccinated) is socially distanced from others who do not live in their household. 
  • The fully vaccinated individual is among others who are fully vaccinated.

“The decision to modify some of our mitigation measures was made based on City of St. Louis and St. Louis Metropolitan area COVID-19 data and the belief that the health, social, and economic benefits of taking that action outweighs the risk of fully vaccinated individuals becoming ill or spreading COVID-19 to others,” said Dr. Echols. “Everyone must continue to do their part. Following the 3Ws (watch your distance, wear your mask, wash your hands) are necessary to continue to protect public health and our medical systems.”

The City of St. Louis Department of Health continues to encourage residents to get vaccinated for COVID-19. Vaccinations are proven to prevent severe COVID-19 complications including hospitalizations and death. However, persons can still get infected with SARS CoV-2 if they do not take the steps to lower their risks of getting exposed.

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