CDC Reverses Guidelines Posted on Friday

On Friday, the CDC announced that coronavirus has the ability to travel further than six feet, causing restaurants and business owners to have to prepare to adapt and change the way they operate.

Posted: Sep 21, 2020 9:15 PM
Updated: Sep 22, 2020 9:23 AM

On Friday, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention came out with new guidelines regarding the spread of COVID-19, but today, they say those guidelines are incorrect.

After months of following CDC guidelines during this coronavirus pandemic, businesses are struggling due to the limited capacity numbers allowed inside restaurants and the customer's fear to leave home and be in a restaurant.

And late last week, the CDC announced a new guideline erroneously posted saying the coronavirus spreads through airborne particles that can remain suspended in the air and travel beyond six feet.

This was a change in guidelines after the CDC had previously reported that the virus could only travel six feet at the furthest.

And with this change in guidelines, Evansville restaurants were prepared to adapt their policies once again to keep serving customers.

“So our lunch business is not there, but our dinner business is steadily growing," said David Tang, general manager of Comfort by the Cross Eyed Cricket. "Like I said, I don’t think we’re gonna get back to normal until sometime next year, but we have some great customers that are still loyal and come in.”

On Monday, the CDC came back out saying that the guideline changes announced on Friday that stated the virus could travel further than six feet was incorrect

But the Cross Eyed Cricket was prepared for this updated information thanks to blue light technology that they invested in months ago.

“The owners decide to put the UVK light in our air conditioner system," said Tang. "Takes the air in, goes through this blue light tunnel, and then it goes through a high filter, and then it comes out, and it’s constantly doing that, so that takes care of the virus.”

And this rescinding of public health information by the CDC has left some in the Evansville area confused and leery of trusting the CDC in the future.

David Abner - Evansville Resident

“It may, in the future, cause some skepticism over any information they release, and so, I think it’s going to make a lot of people really skeptical," said David Abner.

The CDC says they’re not sure how this false information was released on Friday, but they’re looking into it to make sure something like this doesn’t happen again.

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