Details on State, STL County, and City of STL Reopening

Local officials are able to establish their own regulations and ordinances.



Governor Parson said local officials will be able to establish their own regulations and ordinances as long as they are consistent with the statewide order.

(Learn more here)

STL County

St. Louis County has several different restrictions for businesses, events, and sporting events.

Read more here.

Questions about St. Louis County re-opening can be sent to: [email protected]

City of STL

This Order No. 14 extends Health Commissioner’s Order No. 13. This Order No. 14 shall become effective at 12:00 a.m. on September 8, 2020 and will continue to be in effect until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing by Mayor Krewson. The intent is to ensure that the maximum number of people and businesses take prudent precautions to reduce the exposure to, and slow the spread of COVID-19. All provisions of this Order shall be interpreted to effectuate this intent.

  1. Bars, restaurants and nightclubs shall limit their capacity to 50% of their permitted occupancy or less and shall close by 11:00 p.m.  As used herein, the terms “bars”, “restaurants” and “nightclubs” refer to establishments which serve or permit alcoholic beverages to be served for consumption by guests on the premises, including but not limited to, establishments commonly referred to as restaurants, event spaces, taverns, nightclubs, cocktail lounges, and cabarets.
  2. Large venues shall reduce their capacity to 50% or less of their permitted occupancy and shall continue to comply with the Guidance and Protocols for Cultural Institutions/Destinations & Attractions/Large Venues attached to Order No 9 as Exhibit I.
  3. All businesses shall encourage employees and volunteers to quarantine or isolate if they have or are believed to have COVID-19 or if they have come into contact with individual(s) with COVID-19. All businesses shall encourage employees and volunteers who have been tested for COVID-19 to self-quarantine until they receive their test results. As used herein, the term “quarantine” refers to the separation and restriction of movement for 14 days of persons who have been exposed to COVID-19 to see if they become sick.  Individuals must comply with CDC’s quarantine guidelines. As used herein, the term “isolation” refers to the restriction of movement and separation of people who test positive for COVID-19 from the general population until they meet CDC’s criteria for ending isolation.
  4. Any business that closed as a result of an enforcement action or to protect the public’s health may conduct activities necessary to perform the following activities: maintain the value of a business’s inventory, provide security, process payroll or employee benefits, or to facilitate employees of the business being able to continue to work remotely provided that such activities do not further endanger the public’s health.
Read the order here. 
Questions about St. Louis City re-opening can be sent to: [email protected]

Reopening Businesses Safely

As COVID restrictions are being lifted in St. Louis County, it is important that businesses are prepared a safe environment for both their employees and their customers.  Last Friday, North County Inc. partnered with the University of Missouri- St. Louis to host a “Returning to Work, Reopening Business” webinar to assist businesses in their efforts to create safe workplaces and answer some human resource and legal questions. If you were unable to attend the webinar, please download a recording of it HERE.

We would like to send a special thank you to our amazing guest speakers for helping to educate the meeting attendees on the reopening requirements set forth by the state as well as best practices from both a legal and human resources perspective.

Spring Schmidt
St. Louis County Health Department, Co-Director
St. Louis County Industry-Specific Operating Protocols Now Available
Jim Hertel
UMSL, Executive Director of Human Resources
Catherine Proulx,
People Solutions Center, HR Consultant
Rick Dorsey
Brian Hall
Chief Marketing Officer, Explore St. Louis and St. Louis Recovery Initiative Partner

Please be sure to also utilize these additional resources to guide you in developing your plan to reopen your business: