St. Louis County Issues Warning Letters to Businesses Defying Order to Close


ST. LOUIS COUNTY (April 2, 2020) – About 50 St. Louis County businesses that have continued to operate despite a public health order to close were mailed letters on Thursday warning them to shut their doors.

The types of businesses in violation of the order include nail salons, bookstores, craft stores, gyms, dine-in restaurants, beauty supply stores, bars and tanning salons. None of them are considered essential businesses under the public health stay-at-home order, which can be found at

“Everyone must do their part to save our community from further harm during this crisis,” said St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page. “Those who are not designated as an essential business must follow this public health order. It has the force of law.”

Dr. Page said those who do not comply with the letters risk losing their designation as a business in good standing and access to potential grants from the CARES Act, the $2 trillion relief package approved by Congress last week.

The county has a form on its website to report businesses violating the order. As well, complaints can be sent by email to: [email protected].

Those who receive the letter and think they should be classified as essential can state why in a written reply. Those who continue to operate could be charged with a misdemeanor or the county can seek a temporary restraining order to force the business to close.