St. Louis County eases COVID-19 rules for businesses, outdoor sports

Restaurants, bars and casinos in St. Louis County can stay open past midnight again, and people officiating at outdoor organized sports can do so without wearing face masks, as the county loosened its public health protocols. With many area residents now having received vaccinations against the COVID-19 coronavirus, social activities are beginning to be more flexible even though the pandemic continues.

“We are hopeful that with more people getting vaccinated, we can continue our gradual reopening of St. Louis County, focusing on the safety of our residents and employees,” County Executive Sam Page said in a statement.

Social distancing, face masks and disinfecting are still part of the protocols. Businesses are required to follow the CDC’s guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting premises and equipment; and anyone officiating at indoor sports events must wear face masks.

The Hollywood Casino in Maryland Heights offers a wide variety of arcade games.

Faisal Khan, director of the county’s department of public health, said county officials worked closely with advisors to allow businesses more leeway while still operating in “a safe and measured way.”

Arcade gamers can also enjoy their “sport” again, so long as they are in a room separate from dining and drinking areas; wear face masks; keep at least six feet apart; and clean the game machines or have them cleaned between each person’s use.

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