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Dr. Fauci's Places You Shouldn't Visit Even if They're Open

Keep COVID at bay by staying away from these risky places. 
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As COVID-19 infections continue to increase in the United States, making the right decisions when it comes to protecting yourself against coronavirus has never been more important. While most of the country shut down during the initial COVID-19 outbreak in March, forcing Americans indoors and limiting their activities, this fall and winter there are many more options. However, just because you can go places and engage in your favorite activities, doesn't mean you should. In case you are curious about the places you should avoid at all costs, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert and key member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, has provided us with a comprehensive list. Here are all the places you shouldn't visit, even if they are open, according to Dr. Fauci, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.


Dr. Fauci Says You Shouldn't Visit Bars

waitress with a face mask in a bar.

Fauci has repeatedly warned that Americans should consider one place a no-go zone: Bars. "Bars: really not good, really not good. Congregation at a bar, inside, is bad news. We really have got to stop that," he said in a June 30 Senate hearing, and it still applies.


Dr. Fauci Says You Shouldn't Go to Nightclubs

Group of friends having drinks at nightclub.

Like bars, nightclubs are not a good idea since they involve many of the same risky activities as bars: drinking, lots of people congregating in a tight indoor space, talking, laughing, and dancing. 


Dr. Fauci Says to Avoid Indoor Restaurants

Young waiter wearing protective face mask while serving food to his guests in a restaurant.

Earlier this year Fauci revealed to the Washington Post that he wouldn't even think of dining in. "We don't do anything inside," he said. "I don't eat in restaurants. We do get takeout." Later on he revealed on Good Morning America that restaurants, along with bars, concerned him, because "when you're dealing with community spread, and you have the kind of congregate setting where people get together, particularly without masks, you're really asking for trouble," he pointed out


Dr. Fauci Wouldn't Go to a Gym 

woman doing lunges at the gym wearing n95 face mask

Indoor gyms are not a place where you will find Fauci this winter. "I wouldn't go to a gym," Fauci told the Washington Post earlier this year. "I need to be so careful. I don't want to take a chance." Instead, he exercises with brisk walks outdoors. In other interviews, including one with MSNBC's All In With Chris Hayes he mentioned gyms as one of the handful of places with "a higher risk of transmissibility."


Dr. Fauci Says There's Risk at Church, Temple, or in Other Religious Shrines 

Dr. Fauci warns that any large gathering of people—especially indoors—has incredibly potential to spread the virus. "Crowds in church are important and every time I get a chance to say it, I mention it," Fauci told Science magazine. "When you say less than 10, it makes common sense that it involves the church."

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Dr. Fauci Says to Watch Movies at Home 

Scared millennial couple watching horror movie on tv holding remote control at home

Some theaters have reopened, but Dr. Fauci doesn't endorse movie-going quite yet. In fact, until there is a vaccine, sitting in a theater isn't a great idea. "I think it's going to be a combination of a vaccine that has been around for almost a year and good public-health measures. I would think by the time we get to the end of 2021 — maybe even the middle of 2021," Fauci said during an Instagram interview with Jennifer Garner when she asked him when it would be safe to return to the movies.

Once we do get a "knock-out vaccine that's 85 [to] 90% effective," and "just about everybody gets vaccinated," there will be "a degree of immunity" that we can once again "walk into a theater without masks and feel like it's comfortable" that they aren't at risk of infection. 


Dr. Fauci is Avoiding Plays or Musicals 

Portrait of smiling woman in auditorium of opera teatre

While most theater venues—including Broadway—are closed for the foreseeable future, if you do have an opportunity to catch a live show, don't take it. "Depending on the level of infection in a state/city/community, I can see opening of theaters with attention to varying degrees of masking, reduced capacity, and attention to other public health issues," Fauci wrote to Evan Roider, musical director for the national tour of Wicked. "As vaccines control the virus more and more, we can foresee a significant lessening of restrictive public health measures so that we gradually approach true 'normal' as we get through 2021."


Dr. Fauci Says Delay That Cruise (if You Can Even Find One to Take) 

Cruise ship at the beach on Grand Turk island

Early in the pandemic, COVID-19 spread rapidly through cruise ships. While some travel is essential, Dr. Fauci recommends staying off a sea vessel packed with people. "If you're a person with an underlying condition and you are particularly an elderly person with an underlying condition, you need to think twice about getting on a plane, on a long trip," Fauci said during an interview with Meet the Press. "And not only think twice. Just don't get on a cruise ship." As for yourself, listen to this guy, wear a face mask, practice social distancing, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.