As states lift restaurant restrictions, CDC report links dining out to increased COVID-19 risk

Dining out raises the risk of contracting COVID-19 more than other activities, such as shopping or going to a salon, according to a report published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The findings come as many states consider the safest ways to reopen businesses, especially restaurants. On Wednesday, for example, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that limited indoor dining will be allowed in New York City starting Sept. 30. The CDC report included 314 people who had COVID-19 symptoms and were subsequently tested for the virus; about half tested positive.