Dr. Siegel warns ‘merciless’ Los Angeles restaurant closures will result in ‘a lot larger crowds’ indoors
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s new ban on onsite service for eating places, bars, and wineries will doubtless backfire as extra individuals will likely be pressured to congregate indoors to rejoice Thanksgiving, Fox Information medical contributor Dr. Marc Siegel warned on Monday.
In an look on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Siegel urged Garcetti to “please rethink closing bars and eating places in Los Angeles when they don’t seem to be spreading COVID-19.
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“When many individuals, mayor, are ready for his or her turkey at one of those eating places, as a substitute, what are they going to do?” he requested rhetorically. “They are going to be gathering [in] a lot larger crowds than they might have, probably spreading COVID-19. There’s the hypocrisy of presidency.”
Well being officers in Los Angeles County introduced Sunday that indoor eating service for eating places, bars and wineries would be prohibited for at the very least three weeks to try to stem the “alarming” charge of coronavirus instances within the nation’s most populous county.
Below the Los Angeles County Well being Officer Order, eating places, breweries, wineries and bars will likely be restricted to take-out, drive-thru and supply companies solely. The latest restrictions will take impact at 10 p.m. on Nov. 25.
Siegel decried the “cruelty” of “utilizing worry to manage” and impose restaurant closures proper earlier than Thanksgiving. He additionally famous that the COVID-19 instances traced again to the county’s eating places and bars accounted for simply 3.1%, or 70 of the two,257 complete confirmed instances discovered from 204 “outbreak” places.
” what’s [accounting for] extra than seven [percent of cases]? L.A. county buildings, authorities buildings, they are greater than twice the issue,” mentioned Siegel, who emphasised that these buildings had not been ordered to shut.
However, “in case you are a buyer that desires to go to a restaurant in Los Angeles on Wednesday or Thursday … you’ll be able to’t do it even with out of doors eating,” Siegel mentioned. “Even at a time when it’s 63 levels at the moment in Los Angeles, you’ll be able to’t afford to eat outside.”
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Siegel mentioned the transfer will primarily have an effect on “poor individuals” as a result of “the only a few instances we’ve seen of COVID-19 are occurring in Domino’s, or in Taco Bell, or McDonald’s or Burger King.
“That’s who’s affected right here,” he mentioned, “not some lovely gourmand restaurant in Napa Valley that would ship you all of the meals you need to eat.”
Fox Information’ Daniella Genovese contributed to this report.