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

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



Watch Gov. Parson’s Thursday (4/30) Briefing Regarding COVID-19 Here. 

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson outlined the first phase of the state’s plan to reopen on May 4, giving guidance for small and large businesses, including retail and restaurants.

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

During phase one of the state’s reopening plan, which was inspired by the plans laid out by President Trump’s administration, people may begin returning to work and social activities, but must adhere to social distancing requirements, including maintaining at least 6 feet of space, Parson said.

Businesses that will be able to open include:

    • Small and large businesses
    • Barbershops and salons
    • Gyms
    • Restaurants

Church’s and places of worship will be able to open to the public as well.

Some businesses will have to take additional precautions, which may include occupancy limits. According to the health order, retail businesses that are under 10,000 square feet will need to limit the number of people to 25% or less of the occupancy, as set by local authorities. Businesses that are 10,000 square feet or larger will be limited to 10% occupancy.

(Learn more here)

STL County

St. Louis County’s public health restrictions will be reduced starting May 18.

Entertainment, conference and sporting venues, sports courts and playgrounds, indoor and outdoor public pools, gyms and fitness centers, and banquet rooms will not be reopening. This does not include professional sports venues who would play games without fans in attendance. Bars and businesses that only serve alcohol and not meals will be limited to carry out and curbside services. Reopening guidelines can be found in the order below.

Read the order here. 

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

City of STL

St. Louis City’s public health restrictions will be reduced effective at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, May 18, 2020.

Casinos, ballrooms, banquet rooms, meeting rooms, gyms and fitness centers will all remain closed in phase one. Cultural institutions like the zoo, the aquarium, the Arch, museums, the science center and theaters will remain closed. Reopening guidelines can be found in the order below.

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: