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Earlier this fall, many of the nation’s restaurants opened their doors to patrons to eat inside, especially as the weather turned cold in places. Now, as COVID-19 cases surge across the country, some cities and towns have banned indoor dining while others have permitted it with restrictions. Some have no bans at all.

The restaurant and hospitality industry has reacted strongly, filing lawsuits challenging indoor dining bans and, in New York state, pointing to data that show restaurants and bars accounted for only 1.4% of cases there – far lower than the rate for private gatherings.

Five health professionals, including University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Professor Kathleen C. Brown, discussed if they would dine indoors at a restaurant. Four said no – and one had a surprising answer. Read the full article on The Conversation.

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