"There are likely more people infected with COVID-19 not yet identified". Health department officials consider five of the cases "secondary infections", meaning they were exposed to the virus by someone who went to the bar. This outbreak has now expanded to the rest of the state, according to the health officials.
The restaurant said in a statement on Facebook that it has closed temporarily and will eliminate lineups and install an air purifying system before reopening.
Anyone who went to the bar between June 12 and June 22 has been asked to self-quarantine for 14 days from the date of their visit.
On Friday, the state reported 389 new cases of the virus and 353 new cases on Thursday.
In addition to wearing masks, LeRoy's is following additional safety measures, like health screening employees before they start their shift, routine surface cleaning and sanitizing, using disposable silverware and condiments, reducing hours and closing on Sundays and spacing out tables and people to allow for social distancing. Loyal customers, however, completely ignoring the social distancing norms stood in long queues to get in. "Our oversight of the line on our stairs has been successful, but trying to get customers to follow our recommendations on the public sidewalk has been challenging".
Owner Jake Hawley of Barrio a restaurant across the street from Harper's in Downtown East Lansing told News 10 they took immediate action when they heard about the outbreak.
"They have rent, mortgages, auto payments, grocery bills, and everyday living expenses to address", the statement said. "We were pretty strict you know going into all this the only thing were requiring that's different is masks for anyone who's in line", said Hawley.