An American bar and restaurant popular with college students reopened earlier this month has been linked to over 100 new cases of coronavirus.
One hundred and seven Covid-19 cases are believed to have come from the Harper’s Restaurant & Brew Pub in Michigan, although officials have refrained from closing the venue.
An emergency order, however, has been imposed by Ingham County, reducing the capacity of all restaurants to 50% or no more than 75 people.
People who visited East Lansing restaurant between June 12th and 20th are advised to look for tests and self-quarantine for 14 days since they visited.
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All people with Harper-related cases are between the ages of 16 and 28, with at least 40% of Michigan State University students or recent graduates, according to local authority.
None of those infected have been hospitalized and most have mild symptoms with 28 asymptomatic people.
A public test event was organized on Tuesday afternoon on the MSU campus.
The 2020-114 Executive Order already limits the restaurant’s capacity to 50 percent of normal seats, but initially did not impose a limitation.
The county emergency order directly affects large licensed food service establishments with capacities of over 150.
No restaurant can have more than 75 users simultaneously.
“Large crowds are difficult to control,” said Linda S. Vail, Ingham County Health Officer.
“By allowing no more than 75 people, restaurants and bars will be able to enforce social distancing and the use of masks and face coatings.
“I strongly encourage all bars and restaurants to strictly enforce security measures and to do everything possible to help stop the spread of coronavirus in our community.”
The case count includes 95 primary cases (people who went to Harper during the exposure period) and 12 secondary cases (people who were in contact with a primary case but didn’t go to Harper’s).
Of the primary cases, 59 are residents of Ingham County.
The rest have permanent residency in the counties of Clinton, Oakland, Wayne, St. Clair, Macomb, Eaton, Shiawassee, Livingston, Kalamazoo, Ottawa, Berrien and Calhoun.
It comes when California ordered the closing of some bars on Sunday, the first major rollback of efforts to reopen the economy in the most populous state of the United States as cases nationwide continue to rise to record levels day in and day out.
Governor Gavin Newsom’s order to close bars in Los Angeles and six other counties followed the moves of Texas and Florida to close all bars on Friday.
Public health officials in California and the United States have identified the bars as the most risky non-essential assets currently open.
Alcohol consumption reduces inhibitions, which leads to less mask consumption and social distancing, health officials warn.
Customers in noisy bars often scream, which spreads the droplets more widely.