It’s starting to sink in: Schools before bars

By: | November 20, 2020

With the fall semester chalked up to a loss in many places, the spring presents a fresh opportunity to reverse course, said David Rubin, director of PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. It’s simple, he said. Prioritize opening schools. Keep restrictions on everything else in place.

“We didn’t get it right on the front end,” Rubin said of the closing of schools that has lasted months in many places, while scores of restaurants, bars and shops have reopened. “We should get it right on the back end.”

That may be starting to sink in. After shuttering schools because of coronavirus infection rates outside of schools, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said to expect orders closing indoor dining and gyms. In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy is adamant that schools will remain open even if businesses are forced to close because of a surge in cases.

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