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Gatherings of 10 people or more banned in St. Louis city and county

The county's ban immediately went into effect Wednesday. The city's ban begins Friday

ST. LOUIS — Gatherings in the City St. Louis and St. Louis County will be limited to no more than nine people, St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson and St. Louis County Executive Sam Page announced separately Wednesday.

The new restriction will take effect Friday at 12:01 a.m. in the city, which is the same time bars and restaurants must suspend dine-in service.

"If we put all of these things in place, the medical professionals tell us, it will reduce the curve," Krewson said.

Krewson said she has been in contact with St. Louis County Executive Sam Page, who she said was "in concurrence." 

Page's order in St. Louis County is in effect immediately.

“We rely on our residents to use common sense and that includes making it a priority to protect their health, the health of their loved ones, the health of their co-workers and health of the public,” said Page, a medical doctor. “This virus does not recognize the artificial boundaries that separate us by neighborhood, community or county. This restriction to fewer than 10 people is only successful if we all work together.”

St. Louis city and St. Louis County each reported new coronavirus cases Wednesday. Both cases involve Washington University physicians.

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