As families and friends make plans to gather over the upcoming 4th of July weekend, the City of St. Louis Department of Health has issued a warning to remember to keep your guard up. This week every year, the Department issues health and safety messages, but the focus is around fireworks safety. This year along with leaving fireworks to the experts, social distancing and wearing a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are being added to the holiday weekend safety messages.
“Treat everyone who lives outside your immediate household as if they are infected with COVID-19,” says Dr. Fredrick Echols, acting director of the City of St. Louis Department of Health. “Social distancing and wearing a mask or face covering when social distancing is not possible are simple but proven measures to protect yourself, your family and the community from the spread of the virus.”
The Department of Health is calling on all members of the St. Louis community to chip in and do their part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. “The sacrifice is small, but benefits are huge,” says Dr. Echols.
The City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, and the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force continue to work together, ensuring a comprehensive St. Louis city and county approach to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Friday, July 3rd, the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County will require all individuals to wear a face covering. The requirement, supported by the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force, is being issued for when individuals are in indoor facilities, and while outside when social distancing is not possible. The intent of this requirement is to protect the public’s health and slow the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses that spread from person to person, typically through infected respiratory droplets from talking, coughing, and sneezing.
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