Kansas City puts new COVID-19 restrictions in place as case counts surge. The city is limiting gatherings to 10 people, capping capacity for restaurants, bars and gyms at 50%, and placing a 10 p.m. curfew on restaurants and bars. The rules come as hospitals in the area express concern that they will be overwhelmed with patients. Learn more
St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson and St. Louis County Executive Sam Page said that health officials and hospitals are overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients. Page said the community has "one last chance" to bring hospitalizations and cases down before further restrictions on businesses become necessary. Read the full story HERE
The continuing rise of COVID-19 cases across the country has many shoppers starting to stockpile again, and Walmart CEO Doug McMillon says that while grocers are generally prepared, "[i]t will be choppy for months to come as we all deal with the volatility and as things change." Several recent surveys back up McMillon's comments, showing that US shoppers fear another pandemic lockdown and potential product shortages that could result from it. Read full story HERE
Branson aldermen extend mask mandate. The city's governing board did not specify an end date for the mandate. Learn more here
County health officials voted to revoke the mask order one day after they enacted the measure, due to concerns that the public had not been properly notified of the ordinance. Read the full story here.
An ordinance announced and enacted Friday prohibits alcohol sales in bars and restaurants after 9 p.m. and requires those establishments close by 10 p.m. Curbside pickup and delivery will be allowed to continue after that time. Learn more here.
The Springfield-based outdoor sports retailer has announced that it's encouraging workers to stay at distribution centers with $1,000 bonuses. Thousands of workers are slated to receive bonuses, according to the company. Read the full story here.
A Taney County judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by two Branson business owners against the city for its mask mandate. The judge ruled that city aldermen acted within their legislative capacity. Learn more here.
FDA approves COVID-19 saliva test developed by Wash U researchers
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a test developed by Washington University researchers and Fluidigm, a San Francisco-based biotech company. The test is designed to improve processing time and increase testing volume. Read the full story here.
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