Nunes encourages dining out to help local restaurants. Local health official says it’s OK.

Should restaurants be avoided during the COVID-19 outbreak?

Congressman Devin Nunes (R-Tulare) says it’s OK to dine out. And, Fresno County’s top public health official agrees.

Both said so with the caveat that dining out should be done in good health. Dr. Rais Vohra, the county’s interim health officer, added that frequent hand washing and social distancing are necessary as well.

Nunes appeared on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” talking about the coronavirus.

“If you’re healthy, you and your family, it’s a great time to go out and 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,” Nunes said.

Nunes said there were no shortages of food and toilet paper, thus hoarding wasn’t necessary.

Here’s what Fresno County’s Public Health Officer had to say, via GVWire.

Staff reports from The San Joaquin Valley Sun staff.