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DPH COVID-19 Update 1/4/2021

Indoor dining returns to St. Louis County today, along with new protocols aimed at mitigating risks that are listed below. These protocols were developed by the health department in partnership with an informal group of restaurant owners.

  • Jan 4, 2021
  • News & Updates

Indoor Dining Protocols

Indoor dining returns to St. Louis County today, along with new protocols aimed at mitigating risks that are listed below. These protocols were developed by the health department in partnership with an informal group of restaurant owners.

  • 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.  Banquet facilities are limited in their occupancy to 25% or 50 people, whichever number is lower. 
  • New mask protocols will be in place to better protect restaurant workers. 
  • 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. The information collected to assist in contact is solely to protect the public, and only one person’s contact information per table is required. Restaurants and other establishments must keep this information confidential and share it only with the Department of Public Health if asked.  This has been a recommendation from DPH for several months and many other jurisdictions around the country are using this model to help facilitate communication when there are positive cases that present a risk of exposure.  

St. Louis County Parks Activities

St. Louis County Parks has great options to safely get outside and be active. A few upcoming events are listed below and the complete Fall/Winter Activity Guide can be found online here. Please keep in mind the number of participants are limited. Masks are required when inside buildings and when social distancing cannot be maintained. Events and programs listed are subject to change based on updated recommendations and guidelines provided by the St. Louis County Department of Public Health.

To register for an event call (314) 615-4FUN M-F, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. or visit our reservation site.

Learn to Play Pickleball
January 16 | The Pavilion at Lemay
Learn the game from the ground up in a no pressure environment.

Night Out at Laumeier
January 22 | Laumeier Sculpture Park
A bottle of wine and some creative exploration make for a great night out at Laumeier Sculpture Park!

Family Movie Night
January 22 | Affton Community Center
Kick back and relax with a family movie night at Affton Community Center. Call (314) 615-8822 to register.

Eagle Watch & Trail Walk
January 23 | Fort Belle Fontaine Park
Spend your day with the Friends of Fort Belle Fontaine Park observing the eagles. Call (314) 615-8800 to register.