St. Louis County Business Owners In Limbo Over Mask Mandate

Business owners in St. Louis County are unsure whether to require customers to wear masks in stores.

The County Council voted Tuesday to overturn an indoor mask mandate that County Executive Sam Page put in place a day earlier. The mandate required all residents 5 and older to wear masks in indoor public spaces even if they have received the vaccine.

Page said the mandate will remain in effect until a court decides who has the authority to issue mandates.

That leaves many business owners wondering how they should proceed.

“We don’t want to pass the virus to anyone. We don’t want to get the virus ourselves. We get it. But there’s just no good answer,” said Kristin Held, owner of Sweet Boutique in downtown Clayton. “We don’t know how to run a business in this pandemic that never seems to end.”

Many businesses have seen few customers during the coronavirus pandemic. Held said her business has lost…

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