New AFLDS Action Alert issue brief draws on science for blueprint to safely reopen restaurants
Los Angeles, CA – America’s Frontline Doctors (AFLDS) today released the latest issue brief in the nonprofit’s Action Alerts series. The document, “Healing Our Small Businesses: It Is Safe to Resume Indoor Dining and Hospitality Nationwide,” makes the case for allowing restaurants nationwide to operate at full capacity, reversing a disastrous public health mitigation strategy that led to more than 110,000 restaurants and bars to close temporarily or permanently in 2020. The Action Alert is available here.
Drawing on scientific studies and publicly sourced contact-tracing information, AFLDS calls out harmful lockdown and business-closure policies in the document, identifying more than $240 billion in pandemic-related revenue losses last year. The group argues that capacity limits like those in New York City and expensive new outdoor “streetery” cabin-like structures are not backed by science. Although SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has been spread inside restaurants and eateries, there is little evidence to link these establishments to viral clusters in states.
“Restaurants are not vectors of COVID-related outbreaks, and indoor dining bans and limits should immediately be lifted,” said AFLDS member-physicians. “We owe it to the almost 16 million Americans employed by the restaurant industry to follow the science rather than remain hostage to politics. AFLDS offers our latest Action Alert as a strategy for policymakers to safely reopen restaurants as well as a blueprint for small business owners to pursue class-action suits over arbitrary and capricious lockdowns.”
Read the AFLDS Action Alert, “Healing Our Small Businesses: It Is Safe to Resume Indoor Dining and Hospitality Nationwide,” on their website.