COVID-19 Recommendations for Residents

St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann announced that the county would follow Phase 2 of the “Show Me Strong Recovery” plan outlined by Missouri Governor Mike Parson. Phase 2 goes into effect June 16, 2020, and lifts previously issued restrictions.

Even though restrictions are lifted, the St. Charles County Department of Public Health recommends that residents continue:

  • Practicing social distancing in public settings – maintaining a 6-foot distance from others and avoiding large group settings.
  • Wearing a mask when in public and unable to socially distance.
  • Washing hands and commonly touched surfaces often throughout the day.
  • Staying home and avoiding others when sick or if they have COVID-19 symptoms.

Additional Information

Questions about the “Show Me Strong Recovery” Plan or St. Charles County’s recommendations can be directed to or you may call the St. Charles County COVID-19 Information Hotline 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 buses, 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.

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.

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.



  Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from people outside your home. This includes time in and out of the water.

Do not gather in groups.

Do not rearrange furniture.

SPORTS LEAGUES AND PARTICIPATION   St. Charles County Department of Public Health Sports Participation Recommendations (PDF)

VULNERABLE POPULATIONS   While visitations with those at higher risk for illness or transmission of illness is permitted, it is recommended that these visits occur between fully vaccinated individuals and outdoor visitations are preferred. Individuals should continue to practice healthy habits during visits with high-risk individuals.

VOTING   St. Charles County Department of Public Health Voter Safety Recommendations (PDF)

HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS   CDC Guidance on Holiday Celebrations