September 14, 2020 at 7:26 pm EDT
More cities and states are opening bars and restaurants despite increasing evidence of potential dangers
In New York City, at the end of the month, guests can eat something in a restaurant that has not happened there since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. In Florida, bars will reopen on Monday for the first time since late June.
One decision seems riskier than the other, according to an analysis of cellphone and coronavirus case data by the Washington Post.
In states that have reopened bars, the rate of coronavirus cases has doubled on average three weeks after the doors opened. The post-analysis ̵
1; using data from SafeGraph, a company that collects location information for cellphones – found a statistically significant national relationship between pedestrian traffic to bars one week after they reopened and an increase in cases three weeks later.
By Rachel Weiner, Chris Alcantara and Andrew Ba Tran