February 2 - “ AOC - "Theres a lot of restaurants that are feeling the pain of racism," she said on Instagram Live. "People are literally not patroning Chinese restaurants. They're not patroning Asian restaurants because of just straight-up racism around the coronavirus." Peter Tu, a director at the Flushing Chinese Business Association, noted that a lot of the drop-off in business came from East Asian residents in New York avoiding public spaces. Feb 28th - AOC - "To everyone in NYC but ESPECIALLY healthy people & people under 40 (bc from what I’m observing that’s who needs to hear this again): PLEASE stop crowding bars, restaurants, and public spaces right now. Eat your meals at home,"