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Public health officials warn that bars might be a hot spot for COVID-19

Trying to avoid COVID-19? You might want to avoid the bar?

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In this Thursday, June 18, 2020, file photo, patrons fill the Crow Bar in Sioux Falls, S.D. Authorities are closing honky tonks, bars and other drinking establishments in some parts of the U.S. to stem the surge of COVID-19 infections — a move backed by sound science about risk factors that go beyond wearing or not wearing masks.

In this Thursday, June 18, 2020, file photo, patrons fill the Crow Bar in Sioux Falls, S.D. Authorities are closing honky tonks, bars and other drinking establishments in some parts of the U.S. to stem the surge of COVID-19 infections — a move backed by sound science about risk factors that go beyond wearing or not wearing masks.

Associated Press

Public health officials are warning Americans to avoid bars, which have emerged as the latest hot spot for COVID-19 during the coronavirus pandemic, The New York Times reports.

  • The New York Times said: “Public health experts say that college-town bars, nightclubs and corner taverns are becoming dangerous new hot spots for the coronavirus, seeding infections in thousands of mostly young adults and adding to surging cases nationwide.”
  • Louisiana health officials connected at least 100 coronavirus cases to bars.
  • Minnesotatraced 238 cases to bars, too.
  • The New York Times said: “Public health experts say that the long nights, lack of inhibitions and shoulder-to-shoulder confines inside so many bars — a source of community and relaxation in normal times — now make them ideal breeding grounds for the coronavirus. Now it is closing time — again.”

What’s the response?

  • Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered all bars in Texas to close for a second time on Friday, looking to curb the recent COVID-19 spike, perThe Texas Tribune.
  • California Gov. Gavin Newsom has also closed all bars for multiple counties in California, too, according to The Los Angeles Times.
  • Newsom said: “COVID-19 is still circulating in California, and in some parts of the state, growing stronger. That’s why it is critical we take this step to limit the spread of the virus in the counties that are seeing the biggest increases.”