'This won't be fun': St. Louis County's new 'safer at home' order limits reasons you may leave your home

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - On Friday morning, St. Louis County announced new restrictions that will take effect Tuesday due to a rise in the spread of COVID-19 in the region. They are the toughest restrictions we've seen in months and one new regulation is a "safer at home" order.

It's different than the "stay at home" order that was enacted in the spring when the pandemic began. But this new order still limits the reasons people should be leaving their homes.

Among the reasons you'll be allowed to leave home are:
- Work
- Groceries
- Visit with social bubble
- Church
- Financial services
- Medical assistance
- School

"The intent of this order is to limit the transmission of COVID-19 by encouraging people to avoid all unnecessary face-to-face interactions by staying at home to the extent possible," states the County website. "When people leave their place of residence, they should at all times reasonably comply with Face Covering and Social Distancing Requirements."

Under the order, businesses can only operate at 25% capacity, which is down from the current order of 50%. Businesses must also deny entry to anyone not wearing a face mask, unless the person has a medical condition preventing them from wearing one.

Restaurants can no longer allow indoor dining services, but outdoor seating, delivery and carryout is still allowed. Bars can only provide carryout and delivery.

Everyone must also establish a social bubble of up to 10 people, including family and friends. Those are the only people you should interact with in social gatherings, but social distancing and face masks should still be used.

You can read the full order, here.

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