Court of Appeals Sides with St. Louis County in Indoor Dining Lawsuit

ST. LOUIS COUNTY (December 11, 2020) – The Missouri Court of Appeals sided with St. Louis County in a lawsuit challenging the County’s indoor dining protocols. The County’s indoor dining protocols were designed to limit the spread of COVID-19 while still allowing restaurants to serve customers through outdoors, carry-out, curbside, or delivery services.

Almost all restaurants in the County are following the protocols to protect their customers and the public from COVID-19. A few of the County’s nearly 5,000 restaurants filed a lawsuit challenging the indoor dining protocols. The Circuit Court in Clayton ruled for the County, leaving the protocols in place. Today, the Missouri Court of Appeals agreed and allowed the County to continue enforcing its indoor dining protocols moving forward.

“St. Louis County’s indoor dining protocols are based on the latest scientific research and expert advice from the Pandemic Task Force and public health professionals. And they are holding back the spread of COVID-19 throughout the County,” said County Executive Dr. Sam Page. “We will continue working to limit the pandemic’s spread so we can get back to normal as quickly as possible. We will continue our open and respectful conversations with the restaurant community so that indoor dining can reopen when it is safe.”

This is the sixth court to rule in favor of the County’s public health orders since the beginning of the pandemic.