ST. LOUIS — Restaurants, businesses and attractions in the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County are beginning to welcome guests and customers for the first time in months.
Signs of life before the COVID-19 pandemic are beginning to pop up across the metro area. Albeit, slowly. Not everything is open yet, and dates vary for when everything else can reopen – if there’s even a target date at all.
5 On Your Side has gathered up the latest information from city and county leaders, along with information from officials at some of the area’s largest attractions, about what can reopen and when.
City of St. Louis
June 1: Summer camps, some swimming pools and aquatic centers
Swimming pools will be allowed to open on June 1, Mayor Krewson announced. However, at this time, the city does not anticipate opening city-owned and operated pools for the summer because lifeguards haven’t been hired and trained.
Summer camps also will be allowed to operate. However, all activities must be designed for kids to practice social distancing. Overnight camps, field trips and aquatic activities are prohibited. You can read more about the city’s pool and summer camp policies here.
June 8: Cultural institutions, larger venues
Cultural institutions include many of the places St. Louisans treasure, where they take people visiting from out of town or where they catch a game or a show. June 8 is the first day all of those large-venue locations will be allowed to reopen. However, it’s up to each individual location to make their own determination on when they want to reopen.
Each location needs to have their operating plans and procedures approved by the city’s health department before they can reopen. Click here for the full policy.
June 15: Gyms, fitness centers, yoga/dance studios and similar businesses
Personal training services, gyms, fitness centers and health clubs will be allowed to welcome back guests. Capacity will be limited to 25%.
Sports courts and adult and youth team leagues are advised to remain closed. The city also suggests preventing clients from using treadmills “due to the increased risk of spreading respiratory illness.” You can read the city’s full policy on gyms reopening here.
St. Louis County
June 1: Summer camps
Kids will be able to go back to camp, but it won’t be like summers before. Kids will still need to practice social distancing, which means no big group activities. Individual projects need to be the priority, along with maximizing time outside over doing activities inside.
Field trips won’t be allowed, and camps need to follow pool and sports guidelines for those activities. You can read the full summer camp guidance on the county’s website.
June 15: Pools, gyms, youth and adult athletics (no fans)*
This is a target date for reopening and resuming these activities, St. Louis County Executive Sam Page said Friday.
“While June 15 remains a target, we will continue to watch the trends of testing, hospital admissions as we continue consider more openings in St. Louis County,” he said.
Saint Louis Zoo, June 13
The Saint Louis Zoo will be the first major, large attraction to welcome visitors back.
The turnstiles will be ready for guests to walk through beginning Saturday, June 13. However, reservations will be required (it’ll still be free), so the zoo can help limit the capacity to one-third of its attendance, which still ends up being about 3,000 people.
Masks will be required for guests older than 9 who are medically able to wear them.
While the zoo will be open, three attractions inside will remain closed: Penguin and Puffin Coast, the Insectarium and the 4D Theater. Read more here.
Missouri Botanical Garden, June 16
If you’re looking for a change of scenery, the Missouri Botanical Garden will reopen to the public on Tuesday, June 16.
Capacity will be limited and advanced tickets will be required. There will be no walk-up or on-site ticket purchases. Tickets will be available online and over the phone beginning June 9 on the Missouri Botanical Garden’s website. Hours will be limited to 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The garden will remain closed on Mondays until further notice.
Face coverings will be required for all visitors 9 and older who are medically able. Read more here.
Saint Louis Science Center, June 20
The Saint Louis Science Center will reopen on June 20. It posted on its website that the science center team has been working closely with local authorities, health officials and the City of St. Louis as it moves forward with reopening.
New safety measures and operating guidelines will include limited occupancy, timed ticket reservations and masks to be required for guests ages 9 and above, as well as all employees, vendors and contractors. Read more here.
No dates set yet
The Gateway Arch has not announced when it might reopen to the public. In the meantime, guests can get a virtual view from the top of the Arch. The Gateway Arch Park Foundation is providing live streams facing east and west on its YouTube page. Click here to check them out.
The St. Louis Aquarium, St. Louis Wheel and other new attractions inside Union Station remain closed. Union Station officials said they plan to make an announcement on Monday, June 1 about a reopening date. While it's been closed, the aquarium has been doing live streams on its Facebook page with caretakers and animals. And the Soda Fountain restaurant is open for dine-in.
The Muny has never missed a season in its 102 years of existence “through war and recession,” managing director Kwofe Coleman said. Two of the seven summer shows have been canceled. The outdoor theater is tentatively planning a late-July start to the season. A final decision on the rest of The Muny season will be made June 8.
Busch Stadium/St. Louis Cardinals: Major League Baseball and the St. Louis Cardinals do not have a specific date when play will resume for teams across the league. MLB owners have agreed to making a proposal to the players’ union that could lead to a delayed season starting around the Fourth of July weekend in ballparks without fans. Spring training would start in early to mid-June. No official agreement has been made. Read more here.
Enterprise Center/St. Louis Blues: The National Hockey League and the St. Louis Blues do not have a specific date when play will resume for teams across the league. The NHL unveiled its plan if play can resume in 2020. Teams will go straight to the playoffs with 24 teams instead of the normal 16. The NHL is hoping to move to Phase 2 in early June, with players resuming non-contact skating at team facilities. The 24-team playoff is Phase 4. The commissioner said he expects the season to end up going into much of the summer. Read more here.
Six Flags St. Louis: The theme park doesn't have a reopening date set but has announced new safety measures that will be in place. Face masks will be mandatory and social distancing will be enforced. Guests will have to buy tickets through an online reservation system for a scheduled day and time to enter the park. Guests also will have their temperatures checked. Read more here.