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Missouri town goes 'Footloose,' bans dancing amid coronavirus

Missouri town goes 'Footloose,' bans dancing amid coronavirus
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A suburb of St. Louis has taken a cue from the Kevin Bacon classic "Footloose" and banned dancing and other "music activities" after 11 p.m. as part of efforts to enforce social distancing guidelines and slow the spread of coronavirus.

Local Fox affiliate KTVI reported that the mayor of St. Charles blamed the ban on closures of bars and other restaurants in St. Louis, which had driven traffic to the area.

“With St. Louis City and St. Louis County closing, we’re getting too much traffic,” Dan Borgmeyer (R) told KTVI.

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“I feel a little bit like the movie ‘Footloose’ but that’s not what this is about,” he added. “This is just about volume.”

The town's police chief agreed in a separate statement to the news station.

“The issue’s becoming that the infrastructure can’t hold the people that we’re getting out here,” St. Charles Police Captain Ray Juengst told the station. “Between what city hall has done with the team there and then all the bars down here working in cooperation, we think we’ve come up with a pretty good plan and we’re gonna try to implement it and see if it works.”

St. Louis County has seen its rate of new COVID-19 infections begin to rise once again in recent days after it fell from its peak in mid-July. Just over 6,800 cases have been reported across the county since the pandemic hit U.S. shores earlier this year.

The county moved to close bars in mid-August, pointing to a need to avoid stressing the area's hospital system.

“We continue to see an increase in positive cases in the City of St. Louis, particularly among young people who oftentimes show no symptoms,” St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson (D) said in August, according to the St. Louis American. “And while they might not always have the underlying health conditions that can land them in the hospital for an extended period of time, they still present a significant risk of infecting others.”