Business leaders and policy experts are now openly questioning California’s shut down policies and whether they are effective in stopping the spread of COVID-19, reports the Associated Press [via KTLA]. California has had a tiered system that allows certain counties to reopen businesses such as gyms, movie theaters, hair salons, and restaurants, depending on positivity rates, cases, hospitalizations, and other factors. LA County has been in the most restricted purple tier, which does not allow indoor dining for restaurants, since the system was instituted in late August. However, some are wondering whether businesses are being unfairly targeted for shut downs when cases are growing due to private social gatherings.
Evidence is mounting that events such as home gatherings, Halloween parties, and even celebrations for sports victories and President-elect Joe Biden have contributed to community transmission. Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, professor of epidemiology at UCLA, thinks it’s not that “most rational approach” to uniformly shut down businesses without contact tracing that supports the closure of those establishments. Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, an infectious disease specialist at UC San Francisco, says it’s like taking a “sledgehammer to the problem.”
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