COVID-19 Guidelines for Employers

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 help St. Charles County employers increase health and safety measures, the Department of Public Health provides guidelines for all businesses, with industry specific recommendations included. Please see the chart below for recommendations and links to additional information.

Questions about the operational guidelines for businesses in St. Charles County can be directed to or call the St. Charles County Public Health Information Hotline from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mon-Fri, or 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sat-Sun, at 636-949-1899.

Guidelines for All Businesses

Recommended Actions:   Implement workplace health screenings for employees. Please view this sample policy (PDF).

Regularly clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces such as tables, chairs, door handles, floors, bathrooms, etc.

Employees and guests who are sick should stay home.

Wash hands frequently or use hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.

Wear cloth face covering when around others.

Post reminders about face coverings, hygiene and social distancing for employees and customers.

For assistance with determining occupancy capacity for businesses or other facilities:
• In unincorporated St. Charles County, please call the Department of Community Development - 636-949-7346.
• Within city limits, please contact the municipality where the business is located.

Helpful Links:

Industry-Specific Guidelines

Restaurants and Food Service Providers  

Guidance from the St. Charles County Department of Public Health (PDF)
Professional Services - Including Hair and Nail Salons  

Guidance from the St. Charles County Department of Public Health (PDF)

Retail Stores  

Guidance from the St. Charles County Department of Public Health (PDF)

Churches and Places of Worship  

Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) Guidelines

Office Buildings  

Wear cloth face covering when around others.
Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning.

Stop handshaking practices – use other non-contact methods of greeting.

Clean hands at the door by making hand sanitizer available, and schedule regular hand-washing reminders by email.

Transportation - Including Taxis, Uber, Lyft, buses, MetroLink, etc.  

Keep windows open, if possible.

Increase ventilation.

Residential Care Facilities  

St. Charles County Department of Public Health Order (PDF)


Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Information

Childcare Facilities  

CDC Guidance

Pools and Aquatic Facilities  

The CDC suggests that proper operation and disinfection of pools, hot tubs and water playgrounds should kill the virus that causes COVID-19.
Maintain a distance of 6 feet from people outside your home, both in and out of the water.

Do not allow guests to gather in groups.

Do not allow guests to re-arrange deck furniture.

Consider reducing Bather Load/Occupancy to account for social distancing.

Medical, Dental and Veterinary Services  

Information for Healthcare Professional (CDC)