ST. LOUIS COUNTY (March 18, 2020) – St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page signed an executive order Wednesday restricting public gatherings to fewer than 10 people as part of the ongoing efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Following this new restriction is an absolute must to ensure the spread of the virus slows, Page said.
“We rely on our residents to use common sense and that includes making it a priority to protect their health, the health of their loved ones, the health of their co-workers and health of the public,” said Page, a medical doctor. “This virus does not recognize the artificial boundaries that separate us by neighborhood, community or county. This restriction to fewer than 10 people is only successful if we all work together.”
The action comes as the county begins limited access to government buildings. Employees who can are working from home.
“We must do what we can to slow the spread of this virus,” Page said. “Voluntary isolation and quarantine are important defenses of this outbreak. As we continue to get more confirmed cases throughout the St. Louis region, it’s important we continue to take steps that limit exposure to our employees and the public.”
“The county’s role in this crisis is to prepare, educate, and respond,” Page said. “That’s what we’ve done, and the executive order I signed today is a continuation of those efforts.”