COLCHESTER, CT (WFSB) - A popular drive-in restaurant in Colchester was forced to shut down for not keeping customers and staff safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

Harry's Place closed on Tuesday night, according to the town's first selectman.

It was reduced to car service only, according to its Facebook page.

First selectman Mary Bylone said there were 50-plus vehicles, including motorcycles and pickup trucks full of people, in the parking lot on Tuesday night.

Bylone said employees were not wearing masks, were too close to customers while taking orders and were not distanced while working in the kitchen.

She said the business's owner would be meeting with the town's emergency management director and health director to come up with a plan.

"When the weather turned really great, business started getting more crowded and made distancing more difficult. We are coming up with a plan to address that," said owner John Geret.

There's no word on when the eatery will reopen for regular business.

The town says they want Harry’s to succeed, as it is such an iconic staple in Colchester.

They've been around for 100 years.

In a statement on Facebook Wednesday, the business said "We at Harry’s Place would like to thank all of our loyal customers and avid Facebook followers for all of your support and positive feedback during this health crisis. It’s been a pleasure serving you all so far this season. We will be closed temporarily while we work together with the town of Colchester to implement a plan that will keep our customers and employees safe and healthy."

Bylone called on the community to speak up and report social distancing failures to help keep people safe during the pandemic.

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