Geopolitics

LA County prohibits out of doors eating and doesn’t present scientific endorsement

And just like that, LA County just destroyed thousands of businesses:

LA County Suspends Outdoor Dining in Restaurants as Coronavirus Rises https://t.co/7NC8q6Q5JT

– Los Angeles Times (@latimes) November 22, 2020

From LA County:

To reduce the possibility of overcrowding and the risk of exposure in environments where people do not wear face covers, restaurants, breweries, wineries and bars can only offer take-out, drive-through and delivery services. Wineries and breweries can continue their retail operations in accordance with current protocols. Personal eating is not permitted for at least the next 3 weeks.

So where is the science that “outdoor eating fuels dissemination”?

LA County’s # COVID19 news has been ubiquitous from the start, despite public relations firms paying $ 3 million. They are now announcing a knockout blow for restaurants via a tweet, rather than providing supportive science to back the idea that outdoor eating is fueling the spread.

– Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) November 22, 2020

These companies went out of their way to do the right thing, and now “they are seeing their businesses being destroyed by irresponsible people”:

I feel so bad for the LA County restaurants that have followed the rules and spent extra money to comply with the new regulations … and see their businesses being destroyed by irresponsible people attending house parties, protests, celebrations, and others spread to unregulated gatherings

– Elex Michaelson (@Elex_Michaelson) November 22, 2020

What’s worse is that this bureaucracy doesn’t even feel like it has to justify it:

I would be excited to see the science that differentiates between an average of 3,900 cases, 4,000 cases, and 4,500 cases in a county of 10 million people.

Where do these arbitrary thresholds come from?

What specific evidence is there of mass restaurant breakouts under the rules?

– Elex Michaelson (@Elex_Michaelson) November 22, 2020

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