The Missouri Department of Conservation announced Monday that it will close its St. Charles office to the public until further notice, citing the recent increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases in the area for the closure.
St. Charles Country has seen a 134% increase in the past two weeks, according to the county’s COVID-19 dashboard.
Outdoor spaces and fishing lakes associated with the conservation area will remain open despite the closure of the office. Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) officials ask all members of the public visiting these areas to practice social distancing and follow the appropriate COVID-19 guidelines, which include wearing a mask when social distancing cannot be achieved.
“The MDC St. Louis regional leadership team carefully weighed the public services our regional office was providing with the public health risks of the recent rise of COVID-19 cases in St. Charles County,” Julianne Stone, St. Louis regional administrator for the MDC, said in a press release. “We made the difficult decision to reclose the office after determining it was the best course of action to protect the health of our visitors and staff.”
Conservation officials have said they will continue to monitor the situation and make decisions accordingly.
Other St. Louis-area facilities are operated by the Missouri Department of Conservation will remain open.