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Children over 5 must wear masks; businesses to deny customers without masks in St. Louis County | News Headlines – St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis, Missouri 2020-08-23 17:30:00 –

ST. LOUIS ( — Children aged 5 and older will be required to wear masks inside St. Louis County businesses and public facilities come Monday.

Officials with the county’s health department made wearing a mask mandatory inside businesses and public facilities in early July and children under 9 were exempt from the order. The order changes on Monday, August 24 to reflect a new requirement in schools. 

The county will require masks be worn in educational institutions, public or private, in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade (K-12). This also goes into effect on Monday.

Officials said these are the times during school days when students can remove their masks:

  • While at recess or in physical education class, as long as students are at least 6 feet apart..
  • While participating in band, choir, or music class, as long as students are at least 6 feet apart.
  • While consuming food or drink as long as students are at least 6 feet apart.
  • In accordance with DPH’s Youth Sport Guidelines while participating in a school sponsored sport. 

The county also changed the wording surrounding businesses enforcing mask wearing for customers. Now customers will be denied service if they do not wear a mask. It’s a change the county made after receiving several complaints about businesses not enforcing the mandate. 

News 4 talked to several restaurant and bar owners and managers who said they were happy with the wording change, and hope everyone gets on the same page so we can curb the virus. 

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