Restaurant Curfew Extended
Since the beginning of the pandemic, St. Louis County acted early to put in place protocols to protect every resident. St. Louis County had the first case of COVID-19 in the state and has recorded the most deaths of any county in Missouri: 1,686 of lives have been lost to this deadly pandemic so far. However, without the swift response, that number would be much higher today. We put in place one of the first stay-at-home orders in the country as well as a mask mandate, and these and other protocols have worked to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the community.
After consulting with our Restaurant Advisory Group, which helped us shape the guidelines allowing restaurants to re-open at 25 percent capacity earlier this month, St. Louis County extended the curfew at restaurants, bars and banquet centers to 11 p.m., from 10 p.m. The Department of Public Health is authorizing this easing as part of its constant review of available data regarding case transmission and the declining community cases.
With proper protective measures in place at these businesses, our restaurant owners say this will significantly increase their reservation capacity and make it easier for them to recover from this pandemic while continuing to prioritize the safety of workers and customers. The curfew change was effective this morning at 6 a.m. The relationship and continued dialogue advisory group is greatly appreciated while we continue to protect employees and customers.
Through our Department of Public Health, more than 4,800 people have received their first dose of the vaccine, and approximately 180 of them have received a second dose. More than 750 of those are our first responders and St. Louis County reached an agreement last week with SSM Health to vaccinate as many as 4,000 additional first responders, most of which are law enforcement. The vaccinations will begin today at St. Louis University Hospital.