Poll: Should Virginia Close Indoor Dining?

Virginia started Phase Three of reopening last week, opening the door to more options for indoor public spaces like restaurants and fitness centers.

The recent surge of coronavirus cases in California and Texas has led to growing doubts that indoor dining and bar services will — or should — open soon.

While Virginia is fortunate enough to see the number of new cases per day on the decline, some suggest that indoor dining should remain closed to further slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Bolstered by a growing body of research, public health officials say that indoor dining poses more dangerous health risks than other retail activities, even with social distancing.

Patrons can breathe indoor air that is contaminated by the virus and air conditioning.  Outdoor dining, however, appears to be safer because respiratory particles are more quickly diluted in open air.

But restaurants — some of which are already struggling due to previous closures and restrictions — may need indoor dining to remain in-tact in order to survive.

Let us know what you think.  Should Virginia continue with phase three restrictions or try to preempt a resurgence by closing indoor dining completely?

Photo via The Breeze Restaurant and Sports Bar: Facebook

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