The Missouri Restaurant Association is joining a legal challenge to St. Louis County’s order that closed restaurant dining rooms effective Tuesday. Restaurants argue that the county issued the order without due process or an opportunity for public comment as would have been the case if the matter had been brought before the County Council.
“Restaurants that follow appropriate guidelines related to social distancing, masking, and cleaning and sanitizing, are as safe as other retail establishments not ordered to close by the County’s order,” Bob Bonney, CEO of the MRA, said in a statement.
“Restaurants in St. Louis County will be devastated by this shutting down of in-person dining. Many industry employees will find themselves out of work with the holidays approaching,” Bonney continued. “This temporary order will likely result in the permanent closure of many restaurants across the county.”
In contrast to the county, the city is still allowing restaurants to operate with indoor dining although with strict public safety guidelines.
The MRA serves as a resource to the food service and hospitality industry by promoting, educating, empowering, and protecting Missouri restaurants.