COVID-19 Guidelines for Residents

On April 27, 2020, Gov. Mike Parson announced the first phase of the “Show Me Strong Recovery” Plan outlining how Missouri will gradually begin to reopen economic and social activity on Monday, May 4, 2020. His plan explains that every person and business in the state will abide by social distancing requirements, including maintaining 6 feet of space between individuals. This order does not apply to family members or individuals performing job duties that require contact with other people closer than 6 feet. In those instances, individuals should take enhanced precautionary measures, such as wearing masks, continuing handwashing and sanitizing, and using proper surface sanitizing techniques to mitigate the risks of contracting or spreading COVID-19. This includes when customers are standing in line or individuals are using shared indoor or outdoor spaces.

On April 28, St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann announced that the county would follow the state’s “Show Me Strong Recovery” Plan – view release. To accompany this, the St. Charles County Department of Public Health offers additional recommendations for residents to increase health and safety measures. Please see the chart below for recommendations and links to additional information.

Questions about the “Show Me Strong Recovery” Plan or St. Charles County’s guidelines can be directed to or you may call the St. Charles County COVID-19 Information Hotline from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mon-Fri, or 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sat-Sun, at 636-949-1899.

Additional Guidance
FACE MASKS   It is advised that all* St. Charles County residents wear cloth face coverings that cover the wearer's mouth and nose in the following locations:

Public indoor spaces.

Outdoors, when 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained from any other person who does not live in the same house as you.

Aboard public transportation, including taxi cabs and rideshares.

*Face coverings should not be used by children less than 2 years old, anyone who has trouble breathing, or anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. (CDC)

SOCIAL DISTANCING   Maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet - about two grocery carts, three arm's lengths or the width of a small sofa, for example - between persons who do not live in the same household.

HANDWASHING   Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds multiple times a day, especially after touching frequently used items, using the restroom, and before/after eating or touching your face.

Use an alcohol-based hand-sanitizer (containing greater than 60 percent alcohol base) if soap and water are not available.

STAY AT HOME   As much as possible, stay home unless performing an essential function (i.e. going to work, grocery shopping, picking up prescriptions at a pharmacy).

Individuals at high risk for illness or serious complications should stay at home and avoid contact with others, even those within the same household.

MONITOR SYMPTOMS OR SIGNS OF ILLNESS   Stay home if you are sick.

Contact your healthcare provider if you begin experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or if current symptoms change or get worse.

CLEANING AND DISINFECTING SURFACES   Regularly clean high-touch surfaces with soap and water and disinfect with household sanitization products or a bleach solution. High-touch surfaces include: tables, chairs, door handles, railings, cell phones, tablets, computers/equipment, floors, bathrooms and more.

GROUPS AND GATHERINGS   Avoid large gatherings of people where social distancing may not be easily maintained.

When outdoors, if you’re passing along a trail or sidewalk, leave at least 6 feet of space between you and others.

VULNERABLE POPULATIONS   Do not visit nursing homes, long-term care facilities, retirement homes or assisted living homes.