I also heard your conversation with County Executive Rich Fitzgerald where you expressed support for the local restaurant community and pushed back on some of the restrictions in place to slow down the spread of the coronavirus. You said (if my memory serves) that there was no evidence that going out to a restaurant was linked to the spread of the virus.
Chris Potter, over at WESA posted this recently:
See the bluish chart?
You probably already saw this chart showing where people with COVID told contact tracers they had been: It was released last week. But one upside of COVID is that it confirms the wisdom of life choices I already made: drinking alone, not going to the gym, and avoiding Florida. pic.twitter.com/5WBQmiznJj— Chris Potter (@CPotterPgh) August 4, 2020
Some evidence for you.
An uptick in in-restaurant spending can predict an increase in COVID-19 cases over three weeks, according to a research note from J.P. Morgan.
"Looking across categories of card spending, we find that the level of spending in restaurants three weeks ago was the strongest predictor of the rise in new virus cases over the subsequent three weeks," wrote Jesse Edgerton, of the bank's economic and research department.
Restaurant purchases with cards presented in person, rather than online, were particularly predictive.
And then there's this. Here's the abstract of the study:
During January 26–February 10, 2020, an outbreak of 2019 novel coronavirus disease in an air-conditioned restaurant in Guangzhou, China, involved 3 family clusters. The airflow direction was consistent with droplet transmission. To prevent the spread of the virus in restaurants, we recommend increasing the distance between tables and improving ventilation.