Mask confusion escalates after St. Louis County removes order from website

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — A St. Louis County attorney told a judge Tuesday that his mask order had been removed from his website, but the county will continue to fight for a warrant.

Judge Ellen “Nellie” Ribaudo held a brief hearing with attorneys for Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and St. Louis County attorneys to discuss the impact of the county judge’s ruling last week of Cole, Daniel Green. The decision prohibits local governing bodies from imposing COVID-19 health orders, like mask mandates.

Ribaudo has set another meeting for December 9, so that lawyers from both sides can meet and try to resolve the various outstanding issues.

Meanwhile, residents of the St. Louis area are unsure whether or not they should wear a mask.

“It’s really confusing for people like us,” said University of Washington student Rabbee Haidari. “Like, you walk in and don’t know what to do.”

Haidari said he was vaccinated and willing to follow the changing rules.

“Usually I go in and see what other people are doing,” he said.

Jamal Lewis, the owner of TNT Wieners on the Delmar Loop, said he didn’t know which law to follow.

“I know there is a warrant and there is no warrant,” he said.

Lewis said he received a notice requiring him to put up a “mask required” sign, and he did not remove it.

“If someone refuses to wear a mask, I will have them sit calmly at a table,” Lewis said. “I will take their order and bring them their food. I try to accommodate people. I think it’s probably best to keep the masks on to kind of stop the spread, so we can keep businesses running. »

It’s a similar situation at the 2nd Shift Brewery in St. Louis, where they recently learned of a staff member’s groundbreaking positive COVID test.

“At the moment we are closed until we find out everyone is safe,” 2nd Shift Brewery owner Steve Crieder said.

They are waiting for two more employees to collect their test results before reopening. Crieder said they support advice to wear masks.

“Nobody else had it here because we wear a mask,” he said. “We are sanitizing and just trying to be careful. Personally, it’s our family. Literally, our children are here.

Despite the confusion, Crieder said his customers seemed to understand and weren’t resisting their mask rule.

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