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September 14, 2020 at 7:26 PM EDT
More cities and states are opening bars and restaurants despite mounting evidence of potential danger
In New York City, diners will be able to have a meal inside a restaurant at the end of the month, something that hasn’t happened there since the coronavirus pandemic began. In Florida, bars are set to reopen Monday for the first time since late June.
One decision appears to be riskier than the other, according to an analysis of cellphone and coronavirus case data by The Washington Post.
States that have reopened bars experienced a doubling in the rate of coronavirus cases three weeks after the opening of doors, on average. The Post analysis — using data provided by SafeGraph, a company that aggregates cellphone location information — found a statistically significant national relationship between foot traffic to bars one week after they reopened and an increase in cases three weeks later.
By Rachel Weiner, Chris Alcantara and Andrew Ba Tran