Top HHS official says closing indoor bars and wearing masks will ‘shut down’ coronavirus outbreaks

“But the bottom line is, we know what to do to stop the current outbreak,” he added. “Now we have very, very good models that in the hot areas, these red zones that have high cases, that have high percentages increasing, it’s very, very important to really close indoor bars.”

He said that between 50% and 70% of new cases are traced to a single bar in some areas and “secondary spread from that.” He added that the same concerns apply to indoor restaurants, as well, and they should be operating at 25% capacity.

“Being indoors, in close quarters, over long periods of time, is just a recipe for spread,” he said, adding that outdoor seating for restaurants and bars is “probably really safe.”

In the “hot zones,” almost 90% of people should be wearing masks “when they’re interacting with other people” to bring the spread under control, he said.

 

Source: Top HHS official says closing indoor bars and wearing masks will ‘shut down’ coronavirus outbreaks