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Mayor Scott made right choice in temporary ban of indoor dining | READER COMMENTARY

Mayor Brandon M. Scott provides an update on Baltimore’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic along with Baltimore Police Commissioner Micheal Harrison, left, and Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa, right, in front of City Hall on Dec. 11.
Mayor Brandon M. Scott provides an update on Baltimore’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic along with Baltimore Police Commissioner Micheal Harrison, left, and Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa, right, in front of City Hall on Dec. 11. (Kevin Richardson / Baltimore Sun)

I support newly inaugurated Mayor Brandon Scott’s restriction of indoor dining. I think many Baltimoreans do as well (”Restaurateurs gather to urge Baltimore Mayor Scott to roll back dining restrictions; others accept that they’ll have to adapt,” Dec. 14). No one opposing this seems to have noticed the number of new cases in Baltimore, which has risen drastically from an average number of new cases in the double digits throughout the relatively tranquil August and September to the horrific numbers of new cases that have cropped up since the first week of November.

In November and December, new cases have quadrupled (a high of 416 new cases was recorded on December 3). Mayor Scott would be crazy not to take corrective steps. My wife is a 62-year-old health care worker exposed to COVID-19 daily. I have no patience for people who want to dine indoors and spread the coronavirus so that people like my wife (and me as her spouse) will have to risk our lives to take care of imprudent foodies. And since our Supreme Court allows large churches to imperil health systems with impunity, what else can our able young mayor do?

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Paul R. Schlitz Jr., Baltimore

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