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Greater St. Louis Area COVID-19 Restrictions

(as of 12/09/20 – check with your local authorities for the latest)

As St. Louis residents make their way through the COVID pandemic, restrictions and guidelines are constantly changing based on the newest numbers available. This situation becomes more confusing when restrictions vary between locales. A business may be required to adhere to a different mandate than its neighbor just across the street.

Here is the breakdown of current restrictions for the metro area:

St. Louis City

  • You must wear a mask and practice social distancing. St. Louis City has maintained its mandatory mask order since May 2020, and still requests individuals to stay 6 feet apart when in public.
  • You can eat and drink inside a restaurant or bar. Capacity is limited to 50%, and good COVID hygiene is required of staff and guests. Restaurants and bars must close at 11pm.
  • You must limit private gatherings to less than 10 people. It is recommended that those who do gather should be from only one or two different households.
  • Louis City stores and services are open for business. They must adhere to less than 50% capacity and practicing safety protocols, but your favorite bakery or clothing boutique is open and ready to provide what you need.

St. Louis County

  • The Safer at Home Order administered on November 15th means you should stay home under most circumstances. You are allowed to leave home for work, essential shopping, exercise, healthcare, education and religious activities among others. When you have to leave home, you must wear a mask and practice social distancing.
  • Indoor dining is not an option. Restaurants and bars are able to serve curbside and delivery. Outdoor dining with a 25% capacity limit is also allowed. Ongoing COVID hygiene requirements are still in effect.
  • You must limit private gatherings to less than 10 people. St. Louis County recommends that residents form their own “social bubble.” If you must see others outside of your household to meet social and emotional need, you may form a support bubble of no more than 10 people total. This includes family members or friends. The groups must be established beforehand and when the group gathers, all participants should wear face masks, practice social distancing and other steps to reduce the risk of transmission.
  • Louis County stores and services are open for business. They must adhere to less than 25% capacity and practice safety protocols, but your local cupcake provider and electronics store are open and ready to provide what you need.

St. Charles County

  • There is no face mask mandate. Within St. Charles County, there is no official regulation that requires a mask or social distancing. The county government recommends that its residence practice COVID safety protocols including wearing a mask and staying 6 feet apart, but does not mandate it.
  • You can frequent restaurants and bars until 11pm. There are no capacity restrictions and no safety protocol mandates in effect for restaurants and bars in St. Charles County. They are required to close at 11pm.
  • Throw that party. St. Charles County currently has no restrictions on private gatherings.
  • Business as usual. There are no restrictions on business operating capacity. Safety protocols are recommended but not required.

Outlying Metro Area Counties

  • Jefferson County currently limits bar and restaurant capacity to 25% and other businesses open to the public at 50%. There is no mandate for face masks or other safety protocols, but they are recommended.
  • Franklin County instituted a mandatory face mask mandate for all county residents in late November. There are no capacity limits in place for any type of business.

It is important to note that businesses can set their own requirements for mask wearing. Local municipalities, county and state governments may also have their own mandates and requirements during the pandemic. Here at Watson Imaging Center we practice the strictest COVID hygiene protocols and offer a safe and clean environment. Call us today for your diagnostic imaging needs.


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