An order by the health commissioner in St. Louis, Missouri, goes into effect today that limits capacity of bars, restaurants and nightclubs to 50% occupancy and institutes an 11:00 p.m. closing time.
Bars and restaurants in the city have not had any orders regarding capacity limits or a curfew up until this order was signed.
Fredrick Echols, who is the acting of health and hospitals and the health commissioner for the city, said that over 50% of the new positive cases are from people in their 20s and 30s.
The intent of the order says it 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.”
The city’s new order also states that large venues are required to reduce their capacity to 50% or less and states that all businesses should encourage employees to quarantine or isolate if they have or believe they have Covid-19 or have been exposed to the virus.
The order is set to expire on Sept. 7.