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Palo Alto will open University Avenue daily to foot traffic only, but will the benefits outweigh the potential risks?

Original post made on Jul 3, 2020

As business owners are doing their utmost to welcome back customers on downtown Palo Alto's main strip, health officials continue to warn that increased movement will mean an increase in COVID-19 cases.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, July 3, 2020, 6:59 AM

Comments (8)

Posted by Name the risks please
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 3, 2020 at 10:45 am

So what are the potential risks exactly if people are wearing masks and restaurants follow protocol?


Posted by Mikey Palo Alto
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 3, 2020 at 12:10 pm

@nametherisks... 1) that people/restaurants don't follow protocol; 2) that the protocol is flawed or insufficient; 3) that an earthquake or other emergency derails the protocol, causing panic; 4) that angry folks creat a ruckus claiming that the protocols are an infringement on their civil liberties... all of these and more, are the risks that need to be weighed against the benefits.


Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 3, 2020 at 1:00 pm

I doubt if there is any way to check if all at a table are in the same household. Even room mates often still have their ID at a previous (parents) address.

Do restaurants want to turn away potential customers by looking at ID of everyone in the group? No they want the customers.


Posted by Chris
a resident of University South
on Jul 3, 2020 at 1:07 pm

There are a lot of people walking around downtown Palo Alto without masks. They should put up barricades and only allow people wearing masks inside the pedestrian zone.


Posted by Aesculus CA
a resident of Ventura
on Jul 3, 2020 at 3:04 pm

We enjoyed a delicious lunch today from Onigilly and went to view the impressive Black Lives Matter mural on Hamilton between Bryant and Ramona.


Posted by ResidentX
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 3, 2020 at 4:18 pm

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Posted by Angry
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 3, 2020 at 11:27 pm

Thank you, ALL of you, for contributing to the spike surges. Rational people who read the news appreciate you....said no one ever. #IthoughttheBaywasnotFlorida


Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 5, 2020 at 1:44 pm

We went to Walburgers yesterday and enjoyed watching all of the people out getting some fresh air and exercise. Good idea.


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