WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- After months of practicing social distancing and other CDC protocols, 16 friends are now positive for COVID-19 after spending a night out at a bar for a friend’s birthday. They did not wear masks that night.
- The bar manager closed the bar upon learning of their customer’s positive results and had their employees tested. Out of 49 employees, 7 tested positive.
- The friends appeared on CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time” to raise awareness that it is “too soon” to return from the pandemic to regular practices.
After months of social distancing, Erika Crisp of Florida and 15 of her friends, went out at a bar to celebrate a friend’s birthday last June 6. Days after, they tested positive for the coronavirus.
“I think we were careless and we went out into a public place when we should not have. And we were not wearing masks,” she said. “I think we had a whole ‘Out of sight, out of mind’ mentality. The state opened back up and said everybody was fine, so we took advantage of that.”
Lynch’s Bar, where the group spent the night, reopened together with other bars, movie theaters, vacation rentals last June 5, a day before the group went out. Even at a limited capacity, the threat of the transmission of the virus is still high.
Florida now has a record-high number of reported cases with 2,783 new cases.
The next phase has been paused due to concerns over rising new cases.
The 16 friends only had that night out at the bar in common. Upon learning that their customers tested positive, Keith Doherty, the general manager of Lynch’s, closed the bar, and paid for 49 of its employees to take rapid COVID-19 tests. 7 of the 49, came out positive.
Doherty had the building sanitized for $7,000, deep cleaning and the sudden re-closure for several days also cost him approximately $30,000.
Doherty said, “We can’t guarantee that people are not going to get sick because of the nature of this virus, but we’re going to keep them on top of what we can do to prevent things.”
In their CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time” appearance, Crisp and two of her friends said that they wanted to raise awareness that it is “too soon” to return from the pandemic to regular practices.
Source: The Hill