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Re-Opening Guidance for St. Louis City & St. Louis County

Effective May 18th, St. Louis City and St. Louis County, in coordination with the Economic Development Partnership, will begin navigating toward the re-opening of our community.  Here you will find their most current guidance for businesses and individuals as of May 12th, 2020.  As always, for the most recent developments and updates please visit the following:

St. Louis City – COVID-19 Coronavirus Information
St. Louis County News & Updates

St. Louis City Re-Opening Guidance (as of May 12, 2020):

Health Commissioner’s Order #8
Phase I Reopening Standards and Guidance was originally posted on 5/8/2020, and updated on 5/11/2020 to include the Health Commissioner’s Order #8 and Exhibits.

Order No. 8 Document
Phase I Reopening Standards and Guidance Established by Order No. 8

For the recent updates at the local level, please visit the following:
St. Louis City – COVID-19 Coronavirus Information

St. Louis County Re-Opening Guidance (as of May 12, 2020):

St. Louis County Department of Public Health COVID-19
Update May 13, 2020
– Business Guidance
Together, in coordination with the City of St. Louis and the Economic Development Partnership, business operating guidelines for the entire St. Louis Region have been released and posted online. The following protocols can be found at

Commercial Office Building Operations
Restaurant (with dine-in) Operations
Transportation Services
Business Office Operations
Construction, Manufacturing and Repair Services
Personal Services
Retail Operations

Individual businesses can ask specific questions about how the guidance applies to their business by emailing

St. Louis County COVID-19 News & Updates as of 05/12/2020 (download)

For the recent updates at the local level, please visit the following:
St. Louis County News & Updates

Crane Agency has provided some additional resources below to help assist businesses and individuals with this transition, which can be downloaded here:

SAMPLE COVID-19 Exposure, Prevention, Preparedness and Response Plan – General Industry(download)
SAMPLE COVID-19 Exposure, Prevention, Preparedness and Response Plan – Construction (download)

Additional Guidance:

Other Helpful Resources:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

CDC Print Resources  
These resources were developed to support COVID-19 recommendations and are free for download from the CDC website.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration:

Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

Environmental Health Organization:

For a full list of EPA-approved disinfection techniques and tools, follow this link:

For additional information and resources, please visit the Crane Agency Coronavirus Preparedness Resources page on our website.

2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQ

03.24.2020 – Please see our updated FAQ for additional guidance, as it pertains to COVID-19.

As concerns about COVID-19 continue to rise, many are left wondering what they can do to protect their families, businesses and their workforce.  In order to help our clients plan and prepare, Crane Agency has created a FAQ document to help explain how some commercial insurance policies may respond.

The CDC has also provided interim guidance for Businesses and Families on their website.  Recommended strategies for employers to use now:

Actively encourage sick employees to stay home

  • Employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are recommended to stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever (100.4° F [37.8° C] or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants). Employees should notify their supervisor and stay home if they are sick.
  • Ensure that your sick leave policies are flexible and consistent with public health guidance and that employees are aware of these policies.
  • Talk with companies that provide your business with contract or temporary employees about the importance of sick employees staying home and encourage them to develop non-punitive leave policies.
  • Do not require a healthcare provider’s note for employees who are sick with acute respiratory illness to validate their illness or to return to work, as healthcare provider offices and medical facilities may be extremely busy and not able to provide such documentation in a timely way.
  • Employers should maintain flexible policies that permit employees to stay home to care for a sick family member. Employers should be aware that more employees may need to stay at home to care for sick children or other sick family members than is usual.

Separate sick employees

  • CDC recommends that employees who appear to have acute respiratory illness symptoms (i.e. cough, shortness of breath) upon arrival to work or become sick during the day should be separated from other employees and be sent home immediately. Sick employees should cover their noses and mouths with a tissue when coughing or sneezing (or an elbow or shoulder if no tissue is available).

Emphasize staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by all employees

  • Place posters that encourage staying home when sick, cough and sneeze etiquette, and hand hygiene at the entrance to your workplace and in other workplace areas where they are likely to be seen.
  • Provide tissues and no-touch disposal receptacles for use by employees.
  • Instruct employees to clean their hands often with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60-95% alcohol, or wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Soap and water should be used preferentially if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Provide soap and water and alcohol-based hand rubs in the workplace. Ensure that adequate supplies are maintained. Place hand rubs in multiple locations or in conference rooms to encourage hand hygiene.
  • Visit the coughing and sneezing etiquette and clean hands web page for more information.

Perform routine environmental cleaning

  • Routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, counter tops, and doorknobs. Use the cleaning agents that are usually used in these areas and follow the directions on the label.
  • No additional disinfection beyond routine cleaning is recommended at this time.
  • Provide disposable wipes so that commonly used surfaces (for example, doorknobs, keyboards, remote controls, desks) can be wiped down by employees before each use.

Advise employees before traveling to take certain steps

  • Check the CDC’s Traveler’s Health Notices for the latest guidance and recommendations for each country to which you will travel. Specific travel information for travelers going to and returning from China, and information for aircrew, can be found at on the CDC website.
  • Advise employees to check themselves for symptoms of acute respiratory illness before starting travel and notify their supervisor and stay home if they are sick.
  • Ensure employees who become sick while traveling or on temporary assignment understand that they should notify their supervisor and should promptly call a healthcare provider for advice if needed.
  • If outside the United States, sick employees should follow your company’s policy for obtaining medical care or contact a healthcare provider or overseas medical assistance company to assist them with finding an appropriate healthcare provider in that country. A U.S. consular officer can help locate healthcare services. However, U.S. embassies, consulates, and military facilities do not have the legal authority, capability, and resources to evacuate or give medicines, vaccines, or medical care to private U.S. citizens overseas.

Additional Measures in Response to Currently Occurring Sporadic Importations of the COVID-19

  • Employees who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should notify their supervisor and refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of their potential exposure.
  • If an employee is confirmed to have COVID-19, employers should inform fellow employees of their possible exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace but maintain confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Employees exposed to a co-worker with confirmed COVID-19 should refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of their potential exposure.  Please visit the CDC website for more information.

Other helpful resources include:

HR Insights – Coronavirus

Risk Insights – Protecting Workers from Coronavirus

OSHA Safety Cornerstones Q1 2020

Live Well, Work Well – Coronavirus

Helpful Websites:

National Institutes of Health – COVID-19 Landing Page

National Retail Federation – Coronavirus Resources for Retailers

OSHA COVID-19 Website Landing Page

US Department of Education COVID-19 Landing Page

US Food & Drug Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Landing Page

World Health Organization Website

We will continue to monitor current events, but as with any developing situation, please consult local and governmental health agencies for the newest developments.