Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: St. Louis County authorities increase COVID-19-related restrictions; Missouri, US, maintains minimal restrictions in place through August.

  • Alert Begins: 30 Jul 2020 06:51 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 13 Aug 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Missouri (map)
  • Time/Date: Indefinite
  • Impact: Likely business disruptions

Summary
Authorities in Saint Louis County will reimpose some business restrictions from July 31 in response to an increase in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases; Missouri will continue maintaining some restrictions in place through early August.

Under the new Saint Louis County regulations, businesses and churches will be limited to 25 percent capacity, and there will also be a 2200 curfew for bars. Businesses that are allowed to operate must enforce social-distancing guidelines and implement enhanced sanitation procedures. Saint Louis bars and businesses found in violation of the health rules will be shut down for two weeks. The use of protective face coverings is generally mandatory within the city; residents must continue to wear face coverings at public indoor locations; face masks are also required while outdoors whenever social distancing is not possible. Gyms and fitness centers are limited to 25-percent capacity. Gatherings are capped at 50 people.

Missouri will continue maintaining some statewide restrictions. Most state-level restrictions were lifted June 16 under Stage 2 of Missouri's economic recovery plan. Nevertheless, businesses that have reopened must still comply with certain mandates aimed at preventing new spikes in disease activity, such as performing temperature checks, enhancing sanitation procedures, enforcing social distancing guidelines, monitoring employees for symptoms, and minimizing business travel, among other things. Moreover, state directives empower city and county officials to maintain stricter restrictions within their jurisdictions if they consider it necessary to protect public health.

In Kansas City, business restrictions continue to remain in force. Under current guidelines, most businesses may open without capacity limits, provided they enforce social distancing measures. However, bars and taverns may only operate at 50-percent capacity. All residents must wear face masks whenever they are in indoor locations.

In Jackson County, most businesses may operate at 50-percent capacity and face masks must be used in indoor public locations and on public transportation.

Some business disruptions are likely to persist. Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.

Advice
Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.


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