St. Louis County businesses, bars, and restaurants move from 25% to 50% capacity today
CLAYTON, MO – Companies, bars and restaurants can be used to 50 percent from Thursday. The reduction in COVID-19 restrictions will come as cases continue to decline. The occupancy rate is currently limited to 25 percent.
St. Louis County executive Dr. Sam Page, cites strict public health compliance for the decrease in cases. However, the county’s health authorities still consider eating indoors a risky activity. Other security restrictions, such as the St. Louis County’s Mask Mandate, remain in place.
A year ago, Weber’s front row at Webster Groves was full during the Super Bowl. It’s quiet now. Owner Bob Weber said the staff had shrunk.
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“Some of the best people I’ve worked with have chosen other opportunities. It was really difficult,” he said.
It seemed like everyone was celebrating there now that they can let in twice as many people. But due to other COVID guidelines that still apply, there won’t be room for that many people.
“They must be all six feet apart,” said Weber. “It’s difficult to get a lot more people.”
But Harry Parker, the owner of the Gulf Shores Restaurant and Grill, said the new capacity limits should help. The previous limit forced his customer to wait. Some nights they had to wait a long time.
“We left the wait until the store closed and some people, believe it or not, had to tell some people we couldn’t seat you,” he said.
Nobody knows when the restaurant’s capacity will increase to 100 percent. It all depends on the numbers.
“If the indicators continue to perform well, I would expect further loosening of the protocols in the future,” said Christopher Ave, director of the St. Louis Department of Health.
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Restaurants and bars should continue to follow the guidelines set out in the Public Health Regulation:
- Close to 11 p.m. for indoor and outdoor sales. Execution and delivery are not subject to the 11 p.m. curfew.
- Provide face masks or accessories to employees and volunteers working in the company’s facility to make face coverings.
- Encourage customers to wear face masks at all times when interacting with or being served by a restaurant employee.
- Ask clients to stay seated unless they go to the bathroom.
- Note the requirements for social distancing, disinfection processes, and any additional applicable requirements.
- All restaurants and bars are encouraged to continue to provide outdoor service, execution and delivery.
- Banquet facilities are also subject to the 50% capacity OR 50 people or less capacity limit if fire or building codes allow 100 or more people. Banquet facilities must comply with all restaurant and bar operating guidelines.
The revised order was posted on stlcorona.com on Tuesday afternoon.
This development is due to the fact that the district interrupts its vaccinations due to a lack of government doses.
“The state had led us to believe that we would receive regular shipments, but the last shipment we received from the state came in on January 19th,” said Ave. “Last week they alerted us once that they were sending out vaccines and they even sent us a copy of an automated notice that we were going to have vaccines very soon, and then they came back and said, ‘No, we canceled that . ‘”
Other local officials say Missouri’s distribution plan is unfair. Tim Brinker, Franklin County’s chairman, said the state is not following its own published population-based allocation plan. He said Region C of the state, which includes Franklin County and the St. Louis area, makes up 37% of the state’s population but receives only 17% of the vaccines.
“As announced, I would like to strongly recommend the population-based distribution method. I hear a lot from my voters. You know we have over 14,000 people enrolled on the Franklin County registration page alone, and we at the Franklin County Health Department don’t have any vaccines, ”Brinker said.
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County health officials said part of the problem is the state’s new plan to send more than half of the state’s weekly vaccine supplies to select hospitals. Hospital officials say they are happy to share their doses but cannot provide steady supply to local health departments.
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