Eureka opposes St. Louis County, will reopen to avoid 'economic ruin'

"We hope any business that violates a public health order makes an informed decision," replied a St. Louis County spokesperson.

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April 29, 2020 - 7:49 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The mayor of Eureka – in St. Louis County – says he's reopening on Monday along with the rest of the state, even though St. Louis County isn't.

Mayor Sean Flower posted a letter on Facebook saying his city will reopen May 4 in accordance with the state. But that runs afoul of St. Louis County orders.

Related: St. Louis Mayor says city will not follow the state and end stay-at-home order on May 4

The mayor says they "can't follow the rules we are under without economic ruin." Plus, he says parks in Eureka never closed as they were ordered to.

The letter notes that surrounding St. Charles, Franklin and Jefferson County have all indicated they will be reopening along with the state on Monday. And parts of Eureka stretch into Jefferson County. 

In response, spokesman for County Executive Sam Page, Doug Moore says, "We hope any business that violates a public health order makes an informed decision. Following the law, including public health orders, could impact a business’s qualification for relief funds and for insurance coverage."

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Flower joined our partner station 97.1 FM Talk on Wednesday morning and says this isn’t a decision he made lightly. However, because surrounding areas are reopening, he says it’s getting to a point where it’s almost impractical to enforce the stay-at-home order.

He consulted physicians and says he isn’t taking any action without their approval.

After speaking with residents, Flower found that people are struggling the most with the idea of ‘indefinitely’ and says we can’t keep everyone in their homes forever and there has to be a balance.

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