HUNTSVILLE, Ala. Governor Kay Ivey’s order to expand the mask is met with strong criticism from some medical experts. Criticism focuses on the Governor’s decision to remove the 50% limit of capacity in restaurants, gyms and retailers.
“That means more hospitalizations and more deaths,” said Dr. Ali Hassoun of Huntsville Hospital. “Being in an enclosed place, close contact, with many people, is a key factor in transmission and infection.”
The governor defended his decision Thursday as one based on the need to balance health concerns with economic issues, as businesses continue to face financial hurdles in the context of a pandemic. Restaurants and gyms will now no longer be required to stay away from society as long as people wear masks and there is a barrier between the tables or exercise equipment.
“The real barrier won̵7;t stop these infections and transmission routes,” Hassoun said.
Dr. George Rutherford, a nationally recognized expert on COVID-19 at the University of California San Francisco, welcomed the Governor’s decision to extend her masking request through December, but agree with Hassoun on the change in room rental policy.
“Increased maximum capacity, with barrier, in places where people will take off their masks, because they are eating and drinking, and possibly without a large ventilation system, although that can be overcome with a number of charges, I think is pushing the envelope, “Rutherford said.
Dr. Hassoun is urging restaurants and gym owners to continue to abide by the old rules and restrict their capacity.
“I highly recommend people to do it because you know they don’t want their employees to be infected, they don’t want to be infected, and the client won’t be happy if one of them gets infected while they are. be in a restaurant or gym, because they’ll also complain about the facilities, “Hassoun said.
Hassoun said he is making that plea as the hospital emergency rooms in the area and ICU are seeing an increasing number of COVID-19 patients.