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The President Is Advising People To Avoid Bars, Restaurants And Groups Of Ten Or More

Service industry workers everywhere just raised a collective, “NOOOOO!”

The White House is now advising people to avoid bars, restaurants, meetings in homes, or anywhere that 10 or more people might congregate.

This news comes after most schools have been shut down, cruise lines have been closed, theme parks have closed — I’m really not surprised that this was the next step.

After I saw the video of the Italian people recording messages to their 10-day ago self, I wondered when the White House would urge us not to go out.

Courtesy of A Thing By on YouTube

Granted, they have not required a mandatory quarantine, but they are trying really hard to “flatten that curve,” and stop — or at least SLOW — the spread of the virus.

Courtesy of The CDC

The guidelines — and specifically the recommendation that people don’t gather in groups of more than 10 — marks a notable escalation from the guidance put out by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Sunday recommending that no gatherings with 50 people or more take place for the next eight weeks to slow the spread of the virus.

CNN

They are urging the elderly, or those with weakened immune systems, to self quarantine, to prevent the possible spread of the virus.

It seems to me that if we do a really good job, we’ll not only hold the death down to a level that is much lower than the other way, had we not done a good job.

President Trump at a Monday afternoon Press Briefing

This is GREAT to slow the spread of the virus, but many service industry workers live paycheck-to-paycheck, and depend on patrons for tips. If this stops, these workers will have some trouble paying their bills.

So, it is important the heed the warnings of the White House, but check in on your service industry friends. They are not okay.