“I joke if people went into bars and they didn’t talk, it’d be okay to just sit quietly and drink. But, you know, restaurants, public gatherings, we should have clamped down on those even more at the time we opened them up,” said Gates.

“And people said hey, your cases are increasing so you can’t be opening up and people hope that we get away with that because people like to come out, but we didn’t. In most parts of the country we didn’t get away with it.”