Using a hand-collected database of partial business closures for all U.S. counties from March through December 2020, researchers evaluate the efficacy of full business closure shut downs on COVID-19-related fatalities. They find that, according to their model, partial shut downs in particular industries, such as bar and restaurants, are equally effective in suppressing fatality growth rates. Researchers also evaluate the impact of partial closures or capabity restrictions in industries such as gyms, retail, salons, and movie theaters.
Abstract and Citation
Spiegel M, Tookes H (2022) All or nothing? Partial business shutdowns and COVID-19 fatality growth. PLoS ONE 17(2): e0262925. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0262925