Charlotte, NC — On Sunday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases advocated for the closures of bars in order to keep schools open during an interview on ABC’s “This Week”.
“Close the bars and keep the schools open,” Dr. Anthony Fauci says, adding that while there is no solution that is “one size fits all,” the “best way to ensure the safety of the children in school is to get the community level of the spread low.” https://t.co/th9oAKhHYa pic.twitter.com/pDuTdQ0Vfp
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) November 29, 2020
“Close the bars and keep the schools open,” Fauci explained during his interview. “Obviously, you don’t have one size fits all. But as I said in the past, the default position should be to try as best as possible within reason to keep the children in school, or to get them back to school.”
Fauci explained that for the most part, the schools aren’t causing the spread of the coronavirus, while crowds of people in bars are more to blame.
While Fauci is advocating for the closures of bars in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, restaurants and bars across the nation are feeling the effects of the restrictions and closures.
In Michigan, restaurant owners, Joe and Rosalie Vicari drafted a letter calling on restaurant owners to band together and re-open their businesses for indoor dining services after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer imposed a three-week ban on indoor dining.
Meanwhile, in Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf didn’t skip a beat on imposing draconian orders on restaurants and bars for the Thanksgiving holiday. His newest orders included forcing bars to stop serving alcohol by 5 p.m. the night before the Thanksgiving holiday.
The governors who impose these orders explain that it is to, “prevent the spread” of the coronavirus as several states continue to see spikes in cases.
However, the restrictions seem to be purposefully attacking the foodservice industry. Early on in the pandemic, restaurants across the nation were forced to shut their doors, and lay off workers. Even now, as cases are rising restaurants continue to face massive layoffs, and navigating a work environment under additional health and safety protocols.
This isn’t me stating that we shouldn’t be taking the virus seriously. We absolutely should. Especially when it comes to older people. But, let’s be honest here. The majority of people who will get coronavirus and who have gotten it will survive. If you are older or have an underlying health condition, it will probably be a little worse.
We’ve gone from ’15 days to slow the spread” to almost living a year out under stay-at-home orders, and having to wear masks everywhere we go. We can not spend our whole entire lives living in fear of the virus or under these restrictions.
It’s time to get rid of these draconian laws and figure out another way to stop the spread.
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