Los Angeles County supervisor Kuehl, arrested for dining out just hours after voting to ban outdoor dining, was reportedly unable to provide studies to support the ban.
Fox News affiliate KTTV reporter Bill Melugin said Kuehl’s office provided her with “six studies,” which she said showed evidence of a risk of outdoor catering amid the coronavirus pandemic.
However, none of these supposed studies appear in the “County Evidence” section to support the outdoor dining ban, he said.
“In fact, according to studies, [COVID-19] is less likely to spread outdoors, ”Melugin tweeted Tuesday.
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Fox News independently contacted Kuehl’s office but did not receive a response until the publication.
The ban on outdoor dining in Los Angles County took effect on the eve of Thanksgiving just a day after the county’s public health department admitted at an oversight board meeting that it didn’t There was no strong scientific evidence linking the recent surge in COVID-19 cases to support the move.
In laying out her case, a department health official cited a generic study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the study did not distinguish between indoor and outdoor dining and was conducted across the United States rather than within the specific community.
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Just hours after voting on the ban, Kuehl visited Il Forno Trattoria, an Italian restaurant near her home. She had called eating out the “most dangerous situation” during the Los Angles County Supervisory Board meeting.
Days later, when asked by a local reporter about her apparent double standard, Kuehl reportedly said getting caught was a “no-story.”
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