ST. LOUIS, MO, (, March 20, 2020, – Today, the St. Louis Public Health Commissioner issued the following Order #4:

1. Effective 12:01 a.m. on Friday, March 20, 2020, all public and private events and gatherings with more than 10 attendees are prohibited; including conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other assemblies are forbidden; this paragraph does not include the day to day operations of schools, institutes of higher learning, and businesses.

2. For the avoidance of doubt, businesses providing food, food processing, agriculture, industrial manufacturing, construction, trash collection, retails, grocery and consumer goods, home repair/hardware and auto repair, pharmacy, and other medical facilities, biomedical and healthcare, post offices, insurance, banks, gas stations, laundromats, veterinary clinics and pet stores, warehousing, storage, and distribution, public transportation, child care facilities, hotels, and commercial lodging may remain open, subject to limitations provided in prior orders, but must to the extent practicable, implement Centers for Disease Control guidance, including:

  • Maintain a distance of 6 feet between persons;
  • Ensuring employees practice appropriate hygiene measures, including regular, thorough handwashing;
  • Ensuring that employees who are sick remain home; and
  • Regularly cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.

As schools are closed, families can find local and regional sources for meal support, in St. Louis County and St. Louis City, by visiting the following link: All Our Kids – Stl Food Sites

Out of concern for the health and safety of visitors, staff, and volunteers, and the potential spread of COVID-19 in our city and region, museums, restaurants, bar, theatres, casinos, public attractions, etc. have closed for at least four weeks or longer.

Many restaurants are providing pickup/curbside/carry-out/take-out service only. Visit St. Louis Fine Restaurant Guide for a list of participating restaurants in each neighborhood.

Parks are open, but visitors and residents are encouraged to maintain social-distancing and limit their activities.

These are challenging times for our community. We are all in this together and together we will get through it safely and with deep gratitude and care for the collective efforts of doctors, nurses, and first responders.