The St. Louis Board of Aldermen met on Friday, July 16, 2021 (screengrab)
ST. LOUIS — The Board of Aldermen will hold a special meeting Monday to consider approving a 30-day continuation of the city’s coronavirus health order requiring people to wear masks inside businesses and other public places.
Aldermanic President Lewis Reed called the teleconference session because of a new state law requiring local governing bodies to renew after 30 days any health orders restricting access to establishments.
The board, which is on a summer break, hadn’t been scheduled to meet again until Sept. 17.
Acting Health Director Fredrick Echols plans to issue a new 30-day order on Wednesday, the expiration date for the directive he issued on July 26 amid rising COVID-19 cases and the highly contagious delta variant.
Echols, in a letter Monday to Reed and aldermanic clerk Terry Kennedy, asked the board to take up the issue.
Mary Goodman, Reed’s legislative director, said Reed’s office already had been looking into the new law and whether the board needed to act.
Echols said in the letter that he had drafted his July order so as not to restrict access to a public place — the situation which triggers the requirement of local board approval. But he said the law “subject to interpretation” may apply anyway.
Reed’s legislative director, Mary Goodman, said while Reed hadn’t taken a position on whether the state law applied to the city order, “we’re just doing this to be safe” legally.
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