St. Louis County will permit indoor dining starting Jan. 4.
In a news conference today, County Executive Sam Page announced the area’s reopening plan, which includes new safeguards devised by the county public health department in conjunction with a group of local restaurant owners.
In the morning announcement, Page laid out the five main protocols that are designed to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 as limited indoor dining resumes:
- Occupancy at restaurants will be limited to 25% of their fire code capacity or the total number of diners sitting at tables six feet apart, whichever number is lower.
- In an effort to better protect restaurant workers, new mask protocols will be put into place.
- Restaurants and bars will close by 10pm.
- Some bars will need to install physical barriers such as plastic partitions.
- Restaurants and bars will record the names and contact information for all patrons to assist with contact tracing if necessary.
Banquet facilities will also be limited to 25% occupancy or 50 people maximum when providing dining services.
More details about these protocols will be available at STLCorona.com.
“The pandemic has been harder on the restaurant industry than most,” Page said. “It’s up to all of us who value a dynamic restaurant scene in St. Louis County to support those local businesses as they weather the COVID storms.”