Where’s the evidence that closing bars and restaurants helps to suppress the virus, they protest.
The experience of closing down the Aberdeen cluster in August revealed the role bars can play in the rapid growth of a covid outbreak. Quite a severe lockdown was required to suppress it. The revellers will have infected at least some elderly and vulnerable people. It’s possible some of them died. Do we need to wait for academics to get a peer-reviewed survey published before we act on that knowledge?
Good news! At least three have already been done:
First, the highly respect Nature Medicine published research in September, tracing an outbreak to four bars in Hong Kong.
Second, also in September, a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study reported:
Adults with positive SARS-CoV-2 test results were approximately twice as likely to have reported dining at a restaurant than were those with negative SARS-CoV-2 test results.
Third, from Emergency Infectious Diseases, in July, a study from Guangzhou, China, implicated the air conditioning in a restaurant.
Isn’t that enough to make you want to err on the side of caution? Put lives first?