New mask mandate in effect in St. Louis Co.
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KFVS) - A new mask mandate went into effect in St. Louis County on Monday, July 26.
According to St. Louis County officials, masks will be required indoors in the county regardless of vaccination status.
St. Louis Mayor Tishaura O. Jones said studies show that those who are fully vaccinated can still spread the virus.
“While you can still catch COVID-19 if you’re vaccinated, your risk of ending up seriously sick or in the ICU is greatly reduced,” said Mayor Jones during a media briefing Monday morning. “That frees up our hospitals to take care of people who need help whether they are sick with COVID-19 or not.”
Everyone age five and over will be required to wear a mask.
Exceptions to the mandate include people who are seated in a restaurant or bar eating and drinking and individuals with disabilities that prevent them from putting on or removing a face mask.
Wearing masks outdoors, especially in group settings, is not required, but strongly encouraged.
Officials said the new mask mandate is due to rising COVID-19 hospitalizations and the spread of the Delta variant.
“We’ve lost more than 500 St. Louisans to COVID-19, and if our region doesn’t work together to protect one another, we could see spikes that overwhelm our hospital and public health systems,” said Dr. Fredrick Echols, acting director of health for the City of St. Louis.
On July 21, the county issued a health advisory due to increasing cases of COVID-19.
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