Dr. Patrick O’Brien in a letter to the board says current data shows community spread has not primarily been located in bars and restaurants. The curfew would go into affect at 10:00 p.m. O’Brien says, “The intent is to change the regulation and make it into a curfew versus a blanket closing of businesses in our community.”
The Board of Health approved the measure to shutter bars last week and the order went into affect Monday. The curfew proposal will be considered at the Board of Health’s Wednesday meeting.
Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs released a statement on O’Brien’s proposal:
“I’m happy to see this suggestion from Dr. O’Brien. We have received a lot of feedback from the community since last week’s meeting that the Bar Order unfairly places the burden of mitigating COVID on the backs of a specific group of business owners. That’s was why I voted against it in the first place. I think making adjustments that would still allow these businesses to operate is a good compromise because it keeps both our economy and our people healthy. A lot of people have tried to make this political and forced people to take a side, but the reality is we have to look at all angles and this proposal is something that does that.”