Michigan Bar Linked To At Least 85 New Coronavirus Cases

Grant Boone
July 1, 2020

An outbreak at a college bar in MI has, so far, led to 80 people being infected with COVID-19. Those who went to the bar are being asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.

The bar followed safety guidelines for employees, capacity guidelines and table spacing, Harper's Restaurant & Brew Pub said in a June 22 statement on Facebook. However, the pub reportedly struggled to enforce social distancing and mask wearing, particularly in the queue outside, something the business admitted on its Facebook page.

'We have attempted to instruct customers waiting in line to wear face coverings and practice social distancing through signage on the public sidewalk and with a banner on our railing, ' the bar in an online posting.

At least 85 cases of coronavirus have been linked by MI health officials to crowds at an East Lansing bar after it was permitted to reopen, The Hill reported on Monday.

On June 24, 34 people tested positive for coronavirus, four of which were asymptomatic.

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Now, the Ingham County Health Department says that number is up to 85. This roots back to June 12-20 when the bar reopened, as Health Officer Linda S. Vail, said.

This comes following a rise in Michigan COVID-19 cases in June.

"The multitude of people who were exposed and have become sick at harper's are now going to create you know other spot outbreaks you know reaching out from that", said Vail. "Because we have no authority to control lines on public property, we are left with the dilemma of staying open and letting this situation continue, or closing until we can devise a strategy that eliminates the lines altogether".

The bar chose to temporarily shut down to install air purifiers and remove lines, according to the statement. According to Harper's, closing once again will be hard, especially for the employees who were unable to work for three months, but it was the "right thing to do". Since Monday, 984 new cases have been reported across the state.

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