CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- St. Louis County officials held a press conference Friday morning to declare a state of emergency in the county and announce an executive order on crowd restrictions and other changes to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
"We must do what we can to slow the spread of this virus," County Executive Sam Page said. "The county's role in this crisis is to prepare, educate, and respond. That's what we've done, and that announcements I'm making today are a continuation of those efforts."
Page announced the county would prohibit gatherings of 250 people or more until further notice, a day after St. Louis City announced it would ban gatherings of more than 1,000 people.
Churches are exempt from the order, but Page asked the the faith community use common sense on what's best for their congregations.