Rep. Devin Nunes said healthy people should not panic about the coronavirus pandemic and there is no reason to buy water bottles and toilet paper in bulk at this time.
"Don’t run to the grocery store and buy $4,000 of food!" he stated. "Go to your local pub."
Nunes faced online backlash for suggesting people go out to eat in light of coronavirus task force leader Dr. Fauci says that he, personally, would not go out to eat right now and comments from the governors of Illinois and Ohio stating that they are considering closing bars and restaurants to halt the spread of the virus.
Dr. Fauci this morning: "I would like to see a dramatic diminution of the personal interaction that we see in restaurants and in bars."— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) March 15, 2020
Devin Nunes this morning: https://t.co/pZn1xVw4ok
"What the American people need to understand is we need to stop panicking," Nunes said. "There’s no shortage of food in this country. People don’t need to go to the store and fight over a bottle of water or toilet paper."
"We want you to buy food! ... There’s a lot of concerns with the economy here because people are scared to go out. But I will just say, one of the things you can do if you’re healthy, you and your family, it’s a great time to just go out, go to a local restaurant, likely you can get in easily."
"Let’s not hurt the working people in this country that are relying on wages and tips to keep their small business going. Just don’t run to the grocery store and buy, you know, $4,000 of food. Go to your local pub," he suggested.