Eureka bucks St. Louis County order, says it will reopen on Monday

Eureka bucks St. Louis County order, says it will reopen on Monday

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EUREKA — The mayor of Eureka, a suburban outpost 30 miles southwest of St. Louis, said on Tuesday that his city would follow the state and allow businesses to reopen on Monday, bucking St. Louis County directives to remain closed.

"We can no longer follow the rules we are under without economic ruin," Mayor Sean Flower wrote in a letter to his residents. "We are going to need to learn to both deal with the virus, while at the same time opening our economy, restoring our kids' lives and opportunities, and taking care of our families and our country."

• UPDATE: Thinking about opening your business in violation of St. Louis County? Get good legal advice, Sam Page says.

St. Louis County Executive Sam Page announced almost two weeks ago that he was extending the countywide stay-at-home order indefinitely. St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson said the same. Page said he would revisit the order in mid-May. "We have made progress," he said, "but now is not the time to weaken the social distancing policies that are working."

But last week, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said he would allow businesses to open this coming Monday, with some restrictions remaining in place.

Eureka respects St. Louis County, Flower said, and it's doctors, nurses and professionals who have worked to keep everyone safe. But it has differed before with county leaders, he continued.

"And we differ on the issue of extending of the 'Stay at Home' guidance 'indefinitely,'" Flower concluded.

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