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Bars and restaurants in St. Louis County are facing new restrictions starting July 31.

In a press conference this morning, St. Louis County Executive Sam Page announced a new wave of restrictions for bars and restaurants in the area.

"Working closely with public health experts including the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force and other regional leaders, we are concerned about the recent increase in COVID-19 cases across the region," Page said in a press release. "New restrictions must be put in place to slow the community spread of this virus."

Starting Fri., July 31, St. Louis County bars, cafés and restaurants must reduce occupancy to 25 percent of their total capacity. Social gatherings will also now be limited to 50 people or fewer. The restrictions will be in place for four weeks in an effort to reduce COVID-19 transmission. 

Bars must also close their doors by 10pm each night; during the press conference, Page said there is often a breakdown of social distancing and mask wearing during late-night and early-morning hours.

St. Louis city has not yet announced any updated restrictions. This post will be updated as more information becomes available.