City, county ease restrictions; precautions continue on campus

Last week, St. Louis City and St. Louis County announced the easing of some COVID-19 restrictions regarding capacity limitations and masking. The joint decision was made because vaccinations are widely available and case counts have stabilized. According to the new public health orders, businesses and restaurants can increase capacity from the previous 50% to 100%, as long as social distancing guidelines can still be met. Masks must still be worn inside any business or public place, schools, gyms and outdoors when social distancing is not possible but are not required when people are outdoors and socially distanced.

As a reminder, on the Medical Campus:

  • Unmasked gatherings are not allowed.
  • While eating or drinking in break rooms, continue to maintain 6 feet of distance from others.
  • With nicer weather, staff are encouraged to eat or drink outdoors.
  • In-person work meetings are now allowed (but not for social activities), and participants must wear masks and stay 6 feet apart. Occupancy limits of the room must be followed, and no food or drink is allowed.
  • COVID-19 vaccinations are still voluntary. Not all of our employees are vaccinated, and the city and county have not relaxed their mandates for organizations or businesses that have achieved certain vaccination rates. CDC guidance on interactions between vaccinated people is only for private, not workplace, interactions. Therefore, on-campus guidelines will not be relaxed based on vaccination status.