St. Louis County and city reimposed its indoor mask mandate regardless of vaccination status.
The mask mandate will go into effect on Monday.
“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,” Fredrick Echols, acting director of health for the City of St. Louis, said in a statement.
“The City and County health departments are taking this joint step to save lives, make sure hospitals can provide the care residents rely on, and protect our children so they can enjoy a full range of educational opportunities this year,” he added. “Vaccines remain one of the best methods to prevent severe complications and death from the virus.”