Restaurants are, in fact, among the safest places to be due to social distancing, mask requirements, and numerous other regulations ensuring the safety of our staff and guests. Local, state and national data (see links below) bear out the truth that restaurants are not a significant source of transmission, yet our local officials continue to unreasonably single out the restaurant industry. We are disappointed with the Health Department’s decisions and continued lack of communication and are asking for the support of our membership, employees, and community by contacting community leaders to push back against this injustice. Shutting restaurants down drives the public to higher-risk, unregulated, private gatherings.
COVID-19 Critical Indicators (TN Department of Health) https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/health/documents/cedep/novel-coronavirus/CriticalIndicatorReport.pdf (refer to page 6)
New York reveals some state-level contact tracing data https://buff.ly/38u7X9P
Nashville Mayor says COVID surge from community spread not restaurants or local businesses https://buff.ly/2KxfoFj
How much are restaurants contributing to the spread of COVID-19 in LA County? https://buff.ly/2LSFKC0