When Gov. Jared Polis announced Colorado’s plan to loosen COVID-19 restrictions in many counties earlier this month and increase customer capacity inside businesses, he characterized dining inside a restaurant with members of one’s own household a “low to low-medium risk activity.”
Yet that’s not what public health experts, including members of his own coronavirus modeling team, say about the risk of contracting COVID-19 inside restaurants, many of which in Colorado gained the ability to expand dining to 50% of their facilities’ capacities last weekend.
In today’s Denver Post, reporters Josie Sexton and Jessica Seaman take a closer look at the potential for transmission inside closed spaces such as restaurants, where diners stay for longer periods of time without wearing masks, and ventilation systems can spread airborne particles around the room. “(Restaurants) are high-risk settings for transmission,” says Glen Mays, a professor of health policy at the Colorado School of Public Health.
It’s important information to know before deciding for yourself what level of risk you’re comfortable with before dining out.
— Matt Sebastian, managing editor
Despite reopening, restaurants still “high risk” for spreading COVID-19, experts say
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