ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- Saying the new normal "is going to be a difficult adjustment for everyone," St. Louis County Executive Sam Page outlined the procedures for the planned re-opening of county businesses on May 18.
Page emphasized that businesses must have no more than 25 percent capacity, maintain or build social distancing procedures, provide a touch-less payment process, and have a daily disinfectant procedure. In addition, customers cannot bring containers into any business. But they better bring a mask.
"Anyone not wearing a mask can be denied entry." Page said. "We realize this needs to be a diplomatic conversation."
Page also said public gatherings will be limited to 10 or fewer people.
St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson agreed, saying the two leaders had wanted to announce the restrictions together, but it didn't work out.
Many venues will remain closed in both the city and county. These include all entertainment, sporting events, conferences, playgrounds, swimming pools, gyms, and banquet facilities. Bars with no food service will remain curbside-only.
Krewson said she hopes big venues, like the zoo, museums, ballrooms will reopen two or three weeks after phase 1, but said there was not set time. Gyms and spas will remain closed in phase 1, but salons and barber shops will reopen on May 18.
"This is going to be a gradual, thoughtful, deliberate process," Page said. "So far, we have done a great job of containing the spiral. But until we get a vaccine for the virus, this is our new normal."
Page says the county is still focusing on testing and distributing PPE. They are also testing waste water, and hiring contact tracing workers. He emphasized again that concerned citizens should remain in shelter, especially senior citizens or those with pre-existing conditions.
"If one of us is affected, all of us are affected."