St. Louis County business restrictions lack leadership

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   I understand COVID-19, face masks, and social distancing. I understand government’s role in administering the health and safety of citizens. I hear the same doctors, scientists, experts, and experienced authorities as St. Louis County Executive Sam Page. Why then do I feel like Tom Hanks in the movie “Big” sitting in the conference room listening to the expert authorities explaining why something will work and all I can say is “I don’t get it?” Why is Sam Page imposing inflexible standard restrictions on all businesses when St. Louis County has the money and the St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) has the ability to allow businesses to safely open under a plan specific to a business’s operational abilities and restrictions? If DPH can approve a plan for some business to operate safely, why can’t DPH approve a plan for other business to operate safely? If a restaurant, hair salon, or other business, including places of worship, show it can operate safely with its air infiltration or circulation system, protection barriers, disinfection processes, distancing requirements, customer flow restrictions, face coverings, and occupancy rules, as approved by DPH, why can’t the business operate according to …

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