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DPH COVID-19 Update 12/30/2020

Indoor dining returns to St. Louis County restaurants on Monday, along with new protocols aimed at mitigating risks.

  • Dec 30, 2020
  • News & Updates

Indoor Dining Protocols

Indoor dining returns to St. Louis County restaurants on Monday, along with new protocols aimed at mitigating risks.

St. Louis County is grateful for the hard work of restaurant owners and workers who have followed the existing protocols to keep their customers and employees safe. Because new COVID cases continue to fall in St. Louis County, new protocols will permit indoor dining starting January 4,  as County Executive Dr. Page announced this morning.

The health department, working with an informal group of restaurant owners, has instituted the following protocols, which take effect Monday: 

  • Occupancy at restaurants will be limited to 25% of their fire code capacity or the total number of diners sitting at tables spaced at six feet apart, whichever is lower.  This includes banquet facilities, also limited in their occupancy to 25% or 50 people max. 
  • The new mask protocols will be in place to protect restaurant workers better. 
  • Restaurants and bars will be required to close by 10 PM. 
  • Some bars will need to install physical barriers such as plastic dividers or plexi-glass.   
  • Restaurants and bars will record the names and contact information for patrons to assist with contact tracing and case investigation if that proves necessary.  

The new guidelines for restaurants and bars can be found online here stlcorona.com.

It’s important to note that these policy changes are due to the number of cases going in the right direction and everyone needs to understand that indoor dining — even with these protocols — continues to pose substantial risks to both patrons and employees. 

Restaurant Group Safety Messages

The Department of Public Health would also like to share the New Year holiday safety messages below. We are grateful for the collaboration of our Restaurant Working Group in creating these videos, which encourage everyone to celebrates safely this New Year’s weekend. Please feel free to disseminate and spread the word. Should you need any assistance, please reach out to Sara Dayley at [email protected].

Cobalt Smoke & Sea
Herbie’s

Olive + Oak