A growing number of municipalities and states have imposed curfews on restaurants and bars, as if the virus were a vampire. Last month, Gov. Gavin Newsom of California advised diners in his state to “keep your mask on in between bites.” That is absurd.
What the public interest requires for now is a suspension of indoor dining in areas where the virus is spreading, combined with federal aid to keep restaurants in business.
Though some will disagree with government doing anything ever, this crisis is exactly the sort of thing that a government is better suited to handle than the private sector and pure capitalism. “Just open everything back up,” is a short-sighted, ineffective way to ensure people’s livelihoods, businesses’ operations, or protect the health of everyone involved.x