September 18, 2020

SO KNOXVILLE’S BAR CURFEW ISN’T BACKED BY ANY ACTUAL SCIENCE, ACCORDING TO THE KNOX COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT:

“We’ve never said that we’ve had actual cases tracked back to bars what we are looking at and thinking about is the activity and the behavior in bars and restaurants and with drinking alcohol,” said Charity Menefee on Thursday, a spokesperson for the Knox County Health Department.

Menefee explains that although there are not clusters linked to bars or restaurants in Knox County, local contact tracing and information from other cities show that a curfew may help slow the spread of COVID-19 within Knox County.

I hope that Nashville isn’t one of those “other cities.” But seriously, we’ve had six months or more of contact tracing data. If the data don’t show bars as a problem, then “hunching” that maybe they still are isn’t science, and at this point isn’t a legal justification for a curfew.

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