St. Louis area schools to close, social gatherings of more than 50 people banned

ST. LOUIS — Area officials have banned events and social gatherings of more than 50 people across St. Louis city and county, St. Charles County, St. Clair County and Madison County in order to slow the spread of COVID-19, a statement announced Sunday evening.

Officials also are recommending that public, private, charter and parochial schools in all five jurisdictions close by Wednesday. Illinois schools already had been ordered closed until March 30 by Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Friday.

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