The ban is expected to last at least eight weeks, on the recommendation of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. The recommended ban on social gatherings includes things like conferences, festivals, concerts and weddings but does not include businesses.
Gov. Mike Parson issued a statement Sunday evening to “strongly urge” groups to cancel public events with 50 individuals or more “with the exception of educational institutions, daycare facilities, and business operations.”
The closure of restaurants, bars and nightclubs in Missouri is “under consideration,” local officials said, while Pritzker issued the closure order on Sunday for dining in at Illinois restaurants.
City Museum, the St. Louis Aquarium and the St. Louis Science Center all announced closures through March 31. Public libraries remain open.
The operators of Tamm Avenue Bar in Dogtown announced Sunday that the bar will not be open on St. Patrick’s Day, following the cancellation of the neighborhood’s parade and festival.
“Our staff and customers’ health and safety is our main concern,” owner Bob Brazell posted on Facebook.
HandleBar in the Grove also announced Sunday that they would be closing after business hours on Monday, and would remain closed for an unspecified period of time.
Fields Foods announced that shopping would be limited to customers over the age of 60 from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. at their Lafayette Square location “as an added precaution for seniors during this health crisis,” a statement from the business read. The grocery store will also limit the number of certain sanitizing and paper products that can be purchased.
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Jack Suntrup of the Post-Dispatch contributed to this story.