Los Angeles Officials: Data Doesn’t Back Virus Bans

Los Angeles County public health officials said on Tuesday that they don’t have data to support a weekslong ban on outdoor dining.

Health officials said they believe outdoor eating at restaurants is a place with a high risk of transmission of the CCP virus. And while the CDC published a case linking COVID-19 cases with going to locations that offer on-site eating and drinking options, there was no distinction between indoor and outdoor dining. The county’s public health officer admitted officials don’t have information about restaurant patrons contracting COVID-19.

Similar situations happened in New York as well. The CDC said that schools were the safest place for children.

“K-12 schools can operate with face-to-face learning and they can do it safely and they can do it responsibly. The infections we have identified in the schools, when they have been evaluating, were not acquired in schools. They were acquired in the community and the household,” said CDC Director Robert Redfield.

The rate of positivity in the city was 3 percent when the shutdown was announced. But according to New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza, the positivity rate of the school population is just 0.19 percent.

Despite this, New York has decided to close its school buildings again for an indefinite period of time.

Similar situations have been happening in Philadelphia, which has ordered that its gyms close on Nov. 20. In a video captured by KYW Newsradio’s Cherri Gregg, a spokesperson for Philadelphia Fitness Coalition said that by forcing gyms to close, officials have cut off the number one tool the community relies on for mental and physical well-being.