The Knox County Board of Health’s order to close Knox County bars went into effect Monday. At Monday’s Knox County Health Department Covid-19 Briefing, Charity Menefee of KCHD gave the reasoning behind that decision.
“That was one of the recommendations from the White House task force, looking at areas across the country where more cases were being seen,” said Menefee. “It’s basically looking at the risk in those situations like close contact and that it’s hard to wear a mask when you’re drinking and in close proximity to others.”
After giving the reasoning behind the closing, Menefee also told reporters that KCHD has not seen any clusters of Covid-19 cases popping up in bars.
“We’ve had cases mention that they’ve been in bars or restaurants,” said Menefee. “We’re not seeing that there’s a single bar cluster that’s been identified at a single location at this point in time. We’re not seeing clusters in cases that identify the same location.”
The Board of Health originally said they would revisit the closing of bars two weeks after the decision was made. At this Wednesday’s Board of Health meeting, there will be an open forum held for members of the public to share their thoughts on the board’s Covid response.
You can read about the open forum and how to sign up to speak here.