Cinder House Interior

Restaurants and bars in St. Louis city must now reduce capacity to 50 percent.

Starting tomorrow, bars and restaurants in St. Louis city have to follow new guidelines to help fight COVID-19. 

St. Louis mayor Lyda Krewson announced a new order from St. Louis' health commissioner, Fredrick Echols, ordering bars, nightclubs and restaurants to close their doors by 11pm each night. These establishments must reduce their overall capacity to 50 percent, down from 75 percent. This comes after St. Louis County Executive Sam Page reduced capacity of similar establishments, as well as ordering bars to close by 10pm. 

Additionally, the order states that businesses should encourage employees and volunteers to quarantine or self-isolate if they believe they might have COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who has had it. 

St. Louis city's mandate goes into effect at midnight and will last through Sept. 7.