Gates, who is worth $118.8 billion and is one of the top-4 richest people in the world, told CNN's Jake Tapper that he thinks it's "appropriate" for bars and restaurants "in most of the country" to be closed.
"More than 110,000 restaurants have closed permanently or long-term across the country as the industry grapples with the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic," Bloomberg News reported. "The industry has pleaded for aid, with many pinning their hopes on the Restaurants Act, which would establish a $120 billion fund to help restaurants, as well as a second draw of the Paycheck Protection Program."
"Well, certainly, mask-wearing has essentially no downside. They're not expensive," Gates told Tapper. "Bars and restaurants in most of the country will be closed as we go into this wave. And I think, sadly, that's appropriate. Depending on how severe it is, the decision about schools is much more complicated, because, there, the benefits are pretty high, the amount of transmission is not the same as in restaurants and bars."