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. –– At least 107 cases of coronavirus have been linked to a bar in East Lansing, Michigan, health officials told CNN.

The Ingham County Health Department asks customers who visited Harper’s Restaurant & Brew Pub, June 12-20, to quarantine and report cases of covid-19, the Department said in a statement.

Of the more than 100 positive cases, 12 are of secondary transmission, Ingham County Health Officer Linda S. Vail reported Monday night.

The number of cases linked to the bar has increased rapidly since it was first reported on Tuesday. Initially, 14 infections were reported, then jumped to 34, on Wednesday. By Saturday, the number had risen to around 85, Vail told CNN.

The bar followed employee safety guidelines, capacity guidelines, and table spacing, Harper’s Restaurant & Brew Pub said in a June 22 statement on Facebook.

Harper’s reopened at 50% capacity on June 8, in accordance with the Governor’s decree, and welcomed our employees and numerous customers to our restaurant and brewery. The extraordinary and exuberant response to our reopening has exceeded our expectations, ”the statement read on Facebook.

The bar tried to warn customers waiting in line “to cover your faces and practice social distancing” by placing signs on the sidewalk, “according to the publication.

“Our supervision of the row on our stairs has been successful, but trying to get customers to follow our recommendations on the public sidewalk has been a challenge,” the statement read. “Because we do not have the authority to control ranks 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 completely eliminates the ranks.”

The bar opted to temporarily close to install air purifiers and remove the lines, according to the statement.

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Masks Required To Enter, Karen: Lakeview Bagel Shop Uses Humor To Deter Anti-Maskers

LAKEVIEW — The Chicago Bagel Authority is using snarky humor to deter anyone who refuses to wear a face mask from entering the bagel sandwich shop.

After receiving a complaint from a customer who was denied service because they refused to wear a mask in the store, Chicago Bagel Authority created humorous signs playfully shaming anyone who isn’t wearing a face covering to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“Mask required to enter, Karen,” reads one sign posted outside the bagel joint’s Lakeview location at 955 W. Belmont Ave.

“To accommodate anti-maskers,” reads another sign. “We have provided a space 40 feet west where you can stare at your reflection in the window since apparently you’re the only person you care about.”

“Mask required to enter, Karen!” reads a sign posted outside Chicago Bagel Authority in Lakeview.

The signs, which are plastered repeatedly along Chicago Bagel Authority’s storefront, were created after a May 16th incident in which a customer claimed he had a condition exempting him from wearing a mask under the Americans With Disabilities Act.

Gracey Dolan, an employee of Chicago Bagel Authority, said the man is one of several customers who have claimed to be ADA-exempt from Gov. JB Pritzker’s mask mandate.

“I’m not going to determine whether or not somebody has a condition, but regardless if you don’t have a mask you shouldn’t be inside the store because it puts us all at risk,” Dolan said.

She said customers also have provided fraudulent cards stating they have a medical condition preventing them from wearing a mask and they’re not legally required to disclose the condition. Many include the U.S. Department of Justice’s seal.

But according to the Justice Department, these cards were never issued, and business are encouraged not to rely on them when requiring customers to wear masks.

“The real crux of the issue is that we will accommodate you,” Dolan said. “Whether you do have a condition or simply don’t like wearing a mask, let us know and we’ll bring the food outside to you.”

Dolan said she was nervous to return to work when the store reopened in mid-May, but her fears of catching the coronavirus were alleviated when she saw the store’s new safety measures.

To limit interactions with customers, shop owner Greg Gibbs installed a massive sneeze guard that sections the kitchen area away from customers. But Dolan said the “most comforting thing” has been her boss’ support.

“In food service, it’s pretty common that your boss isn’t going to back you up against customers,” Dolan said. “But Greg has really shown he cares about his employees and values our safety over customers’ money.”

Jake Wittich is a Report for America corps member covering Lakeview, Lincoln Park and LGBTQ communities across the city for Block Club Chicago.

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