List of Essential Businesses

Changes to Stay at Home Order (eff. May 18)

The St. Louis County Department of Public Health adopted a new Order on May 8, 2020, pursuant to Executive Orders 10-18, loosening the Stay-at-Home Order for businesses in St. Louis County.  This Order rescinded all previous orders and enables new guidelines and restrictions for local business, effective May 18, 2020.  Individuals are still encouraged to remain in their places of residence to the maximum extent feasible to reduce their own risks and risks to others of being exposed to and transmitting COVID-19.  A complete copy of this Order is available for viewing on the County’s website at  

  • A person or business shall not organize or attend an intentional Gathering of more than 10 people in a single space or room, indoors or outdoors.
  • All Gatherings shall comply with Social Distancing Requirements and are encouraged to comply with Face Covering recommendations.
  • Limit the number of individuals in any particular location to 25 (twenty-five) percent or less of the entity’s authorized fire or building code occupancy in facilities with square footage of less than ten thousand square feet (10,000 ft²); or ten (10) percent or less of the entity’s authorized fire or building code occupancy in facilities with square footage of ten thousand square feet (10,000 ft²) or more.
  • The following businesses and venues are prohibited from operating or re-opening except with respect to the minimum necessary activities to maintain the value of a business’s inventory, provide security, process payroll or employee benefits, or to facilitate employees of the business being able to continue to work remotely: entertainment, conference and sporting venues (regardless of square footage); gyms and fitness centers; banquet rooms; bars and businesses that primarily serve alcohol and do not serve full meals are limited to curbside and pickup service; indoor and outdoor pools except those located at an individual’s residence; sporting events; sports courts; and playgrounds.

Changes at Local Grocery Stores (eff. April 6)

Beginning April 6, both Schnucks and Dierbergs Markets will be implementing a one customer per household rule to help assist with social distancing.  Further, Dierbergs Markets will begin limiting the number of customers inside a store at any given time.