The Laclede Health Department will implement new health, safety restrictions

With the continued disease spread of COVID-19 across our nation, state, and now our local Region I; the Laclede County Health Department is taking additional measures to reduce the spread.

Please be advised, beginning immediately:

• Social gatherings whether private or public, be restricted to no more than 10 people. All public places shall institute appropriate health and safety protections including social distancing (requiring people to be at least six (6) feet apart; reducing the number of employees, customers, or other people present; and reducing face-to-face contact).

• Beginning at 12:01 AM on Saturday, March 21, 2020, the following public places are to be closed to entering, exiting, use and occupancy by members of the public as outline below:

o Restaurants, food establishments, food courts, cafes, coffeehouses, and other public places offering food and/or beverages for on-premises consumption; and

o Bars, taverns, pubs, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, clubs and other public places offering alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption.
These public places described above are encouraged to offer food/beverage service to the public using delivery service, window service, curb-side service, and/or drive-through service (if applicable), so long as every person involved implements appropriate precautions to decrease the potential transmission of COVID-19, including social -distancing techniques.

In offering food/beverage service, these public places may permit up to ten (10) members of the public at one time in their establishment for the purpose of picking up food/beverage orders, as long as all public is at least six (6) feet apart from other people while on the premises.

Locations that are not subject to these guidelines, at this time are:
• Public places that offer food/beverage service that is not for on-premises consumption (grocery stores, markets, convenience stores, pharmacies, drug stores and food pantries). Any portion of the premises that is available for on-premises consumption of food/beverage (booth, tables, benches) will comply to these guidelines.

• Healthcare facilities, mental health facilities, residential care facilities, and adult detention facilities.

• Crisis shelters or similar institutions.