Restrictions Carry a Fiscal Risk as Well as a Physical One

The chief medical officer of Jefferson County expressed concern for the physical welfare of people as well as the fiscal welfare of businesses Monday when he gave his orders to combat the coronavirus.

While saying that on-premise dining and drinking at bars, restaurants and breweries is to stop for one week, Dr. Mark E. Wilson made it clear that he doesn’t want those businesses to stop.

“I’m also encouraging all of you in the public to support those food establishments, either by ordering food and picking it up or buying gift cards,” he said. “We want to keep them open but … as I said, no eating on those premises.”

Wilson acknowledged that his legally binding and enforceable orders are “quite restrictive” and will have a big impact on the community. That includes his order that gatherings of 25 or more be prohibited until further notice.