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Inside The Tap, 100 S. Chauncey Ave., Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020 in West Lafayette.

Inside The Tap, 100 S. Chauncey Ave., Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020 in West Lafayette. (Photo: Nikos Frazier | Journal & Courier)

WEST LAFAYETTE – As Dr. Jeremy Adler, Tippecanoe County’s health officer, faces mounting pressure from community leaders to ease local restaurant and bar restrictions, Purdue President Mitch Daniels and others on campus encouraged him to stand firm, even after the rest of the state was cleared to reopen at full capacity.

In a letter dated Monday, Daniels and members of the Protect Purdue implementation team urged Adler to wait at least a month to make a move. They wrote that keeping Purdue’s campus, reopened in August to a record enrollment for the fall semester, could depend on it.

“The data on COVID-19 community spread gathered over the past nine months clearly indicate that indoor venues such as restaurants and bars represent the most risky of environments,” Daniels wrote.