[Ed. – Her timing is impeccable, coming at a time when new reports say the question is no longer whether the virus will impact the U.S in a big way but when.]
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi walked through San Francisco’s Chinatown District Monday, attempting to quell fears about the current outbreak of the coronavirus that has kept customers out of shops and restaurants and tourists away from the streets.
Throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, Asian-American owned stores and restaurants have seen a decline in business since the illness began its rapid spread in Wuhan, China, last month.
At the typically packed Shooting Star Cafe on Webster Street in Oakland, tables were empty during lunch hour last week. The owner say it’s been like that every day recently.
“Besides the locals not coming in, a lot of people are trying to avoid Chinatown in general and avoid Asians, I would say,” said co-owner Sunny Wong.
The same has been true in San Francisco’s Chinatown … and Pelosi hoped her visit would help bring the normal hustle and bustle of the neighborhood back.