Not everyone in Dr. Anthony Fauci’s family is lucky enough to have profited off a cushy federal government job for the last three decades or so. Some of them actually have to work for a living. That would describe the other Anthony Fauci in the family, the disease expert’s Staten Island cousin who runs a restaurant called La Fontana. The 84-year-old cousin has heard just about enough of the good doctor’s continued focus on restrictions and lockdowns, telling The New York Post this weekend that while COVID may be serious, the economy and people’s livelihoods are just as important.
“They shouldn’t do the lockdowns. Especially now. If you don’t abide by the rules … shut that area down, but don’t shut down the whole industry,” the Staten Island Fauci told the paper.
The paper also talked to his son, Joe Fauci, who is running the restaurant on a day-to-day basis. He agreed with his father’s take on the pandemic.
“In the beginning, I thought [Dr. Fauci] was fabulous, but then a few times he flip-flopped on different things. He had us all locked down at a tremendous rate,” Joe said. “They should have loosened things up when it was slowing down in the summer. Everything else was loosening up except the restaurant business.”
That restaurant owners and workers have taken a hit from this pandemic is a statement beyond dispute.
“According to a new survey released by the National Restaurant Association, a staggering 100,000 restaurants have closed on a permanent or long-term basis in the U.S. That’s nearly 1 in 6 restaurants shuttered and 3 million restaurant employees out of work. Restaurants are closing at an alarming rate, and without help, they fear it’s only going to get worse,” reported NBC News in September.
In a recent conversation with CBS, Dr. Fauci showed no evidence that he’s ready to take a more cautious approach to the extreme measures he’s advocated.
“You may have to bite the bullet and sacrifice that social gathering, unless you’re pretty certain that the people that you’re dealing with are not infected,” Fauci said of Thanksgiving. “That is unfortunately a risk, when you have people coming from out of town, gathering together in an indoor setting. It is unfortunate, because that’s such a sacred part of American tradition — the family gathering around Thanksgiving. But that is a risk.”
Fauci said recently that Americans may not begin to get back to “normal” until 2022.
Unfortunately, many Americans may be so financially crushed by that time that “normal” will be nothing but a sweet fantasy.