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Temperature checks may be required at businesses

Posted at 2:56 PM, Apr 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-29 22:46:27-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- San Diegans are wondering what the protocols for reopening businesses will look like, but we may have an idea.

Governor Gavin Newsom said restaurants my require employees to wear gloves and masks while customers get their temperatures checked at the door.

That's exactly what it looked like for restaurants in Georgia and Tennessee, which reopened their dining rooms this week. Customers and employees got their temperatures checked with a infrared thermometer.

Dr. Jaime Friedman from Rady Children's Hospital says it's not a foolproof method.

"The issue is, what happens for people who have the virus but don't have any symptoms?" said Friedman.

Our body temperatures also naturally fluctuate throughout the day, and, what may be normal for one person may not be for someone else.

"I'm always in the 97's in the morning, in the afternoon I'm somewhere around 98 and sometimes in the late afternoon or evening I'm 99," said Friedman. "It doesn't mean that I'm sick or have a fever, that's just normal."

Friedman says it has to be used in combination with other measures like masks, sanitation and social distancing.

So far, it's not required for businesses in San Diego, but it could be eventually. Co-founder of Puesto Mexican Restaurants, Eric Adler, says it's already on his radar.

"I think we're gonna be taking temperatures for when employees enter before they clock in," said Adler. "Restaurants already don't want anyone sick coming to work and deal with food as it is so its already a precaution that we have to take."

For several weeks, hundreds of protesters have demanding reopening non-essential businesses in San Diego. Meanwhile, others still aren't ready to make that jump.

10News: Would you feel more comfortable going into a place knowing they're taking temperatures before you walk in?

Dr. Friedman: "I wouldn't go somewhere non-essential at this point. I don't think temperature checks are going to change my comfort Level.

Governor Newsom has laid out milestones to meet before re-opening more businesses. He says we need to make sure they can support social distancing before that happens.