As the country sees spikes in coronavirus cases, the risk of contracting COVID-19 has increased in bar settings, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci.
On Tuesday, Fauci called out bars as a prominent culprit for recent surges in infections across the country.
Bars and restaurants in areas like Florida and Texas have closed down bars to slow the spread of infection.
"Congregation at a bar, inside, is bad news," Fauci said. "We really got to stop that right now."
The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases issued a dire warning that the number of coronavirus cases in the United States could rise to unprecedented levels if it doesn't get the spread under control.
"I'm very concerned about what's going on right now, particularly in the four states that are accounting for about 50 percent of the new infections," Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee during the hearing.
Fauci urged time is of the essence to turn the tide on the spread of the novel virus. During the hearing, Fauci advised everyone to wear a face mask in public.
As of June 30, the United States has more than 2.5 million confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to data from John Hopkins University.