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Missouri Historical Society reopening locations

The Missouri History Museum, Library and Research Center and Soldiers’ Memorial Military Museum will open next month after closing when COVID-19 cases began to rise.

ST. LOUIS — Three St. Louis locations that closed as COVID-19 cases began to rise will reopen to the public next month.

The Missouri Historical Society (MHS) announced that the Missouri History Museum will open on Tuesday, February 1, while the MHS Library & Research Center and the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum will open on February 2.

The locations closed on January 7 because the highly contagious omicron variant distributed throughout the Saint-Louis region and the country. The historical society said the surge in cases has led to increased staffing issues, and they felt a temporary closure was the best thing to do for the health and safety of employees, volunteers and visitors.

The Missouri Historical Society has shared a reminder as guests plan to return: Per St. Louis health ordinance, masks are still required inside all three venues for all visitors ages 2 and up. more.

The Missouri History Museum’s in-person public programming will resume on Monday, February 14. February programming includes a range of Black History Month promotions and exhibits. Visit the History Museum website for the full list.

The Saint Louis Art Museum also announced a temporary closure earlier this month due to rising cases in the community and among museum staff and loved ones. The museum has yet to announce a reopening date, but officials have previously said they plan to reopen to the public on February 1.

Leaders of the Metropolitan St. Louis Pandemic Task Force shared an update on the COVID-19 situation Tuesday afternoon. Hospital chiefs said the number of COVID-positive patients in St. Louis-area hospitals is beginning to drop from the record number for the omicron variant, but hospital staffing is still at an all-time low.

“We are finally starting to see some good progress in our fight against omicron,” Dr. Alex Garza of the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force said during a Tuesday briefing. “Our hospitalization totals are still bouncing back a bit, but in general they’re trending down. And that’s really encouraging.”

Although hospitalizations are down, they are still at higher levels than at any time before the omicron surge.