Several bars and restaurants in the Grosse Pointe area and east side of Detroit are opting to close as a preemptive measure responding to a spike in positive COVID-19 cases. Businesses including the Charlevoix in Grosse Pointe Park and Ye Olde Tap Room in Detroit announced on social media that they would close for the week in an effort to ensure customer and staff safety.
The Charlevoix announced on social media on Tuesday, June 30 that it would be temporarily closing out of “an abundance of caution,” a common refrain from businesses of late. “In light of the current COVID-19 situation in the area we need to be vigilant in order to ensure everyone’s safety. While this may seem like an extreme measure, we cannot emphasize enough how seriously we take the health and safety of our staff and guests.” The restaurant management wrote in the statement that they plans to reopen on Tuesday, July 7, after the Fourth of July holiday.
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This was probably one of the most difficult, yet easy, decisions we’ve had to make since we opened. With what’s going on in the area we’ve decided to err on the side of caution for both our staff and guests. We’ll see you all when the time is right! #thecharlevoixgp #keepinitsafe #gottadowhatsright #beniceanddogood
On Wednesday, July 1, Ye Olde Tap Room followed the Charlevoix’s lead by announcing on Facebook that it, too, would be temporarily closing due to the concerning rise in cases. “While I feel Tap Room is a safer environment because of the large outdoor area and increased air circulation inside the bar this is necessary for the absolute safety of patrons and staff,” owner Russ Mack wrote in the statement. Mack did not indicate a reopening date, stating simply that the reopening would occur when “the situation improves.”
At least one other anonymous restaurant has reached out to Eater with concerns about opening for the holiday weekend so close to the Pointes.
The outbreak has been tied to cases spread at Harper’s Restaurant & Brew Pub in East Lansing. The Ingham County Health Department confirmed earlier this week that at least 107 cases were tied back to the massive college bar; at least one infected patron later held a house party in the Grosse Pointe Woods area where secondary infections occurred among partiers. Channel 7 also reported that Excalibur Park, a Grosse Pointe Park bar, was also being investigated as another possible contact point for COVID-19 cases.
The growing number of cases has put Grosse Pointe area residents on high alert. The service industry is also growing more wary of dine-in service as restaurants and bars announced temporary closures for deep cleaning. Oakland County confirmed on Wednesday that three unrelated patrons at Fifth Avenue club and sports bar in Royal Oak had tested positive after visiting the establishment on Friday, June 19. Patrons are being advised to self-monitor for symptoms of a novel coronavirus infection.
People showing symptoms of COVID-19 should self-quarantine and reach out to their health care provider or local health coordinators to arrange for a test. Wearing a mask, washing hands frequently, staying home when sick, and keeping six feet of social distance between yourself and others helps limit the spread of novel coronavirus.
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• Wayne County Investigating Alarming and Increasing Number of COVID-19 Cases in the Grosse Pointes [Channel 7]
• Outbreak Connected to East Lansing Bar Balloons to 107 Cases, Spreads to Grosse Pointe Area [ED]
• Ingham County Reduces Restaurant Capacity in Response to Growing Outbreak Linked to Harper’s [ED]
• Coronavirus Cases Tied to Michigan Bar Are a Reminder of the Risks of Pandemic Dining