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Duluth brewery temporarily closes after staffer's positive COVID-19 test

Hoops Brewery announced the closure to followers on Friday.

A Duluth brewery has become the latest Minnesota establishment to temporarily shut down after a staffer tested positive for COVID-19.

Hoops Brewing Company, located in Duluth's Canal Park district, announced Friday that it would be temporarily closing after the employee tested positive.

The worker is not believed to have gotten the virus at work, but instead "from someone in a social setting outside Hoops," the brewery said.

"We will be conducting a deep clean and disinfection of the entire beer hall, as well as identify those who may have been exposed to this staff member and allow them the time to be tested during our closure," the bar said.

"When we reopened our beer hall indoors, we strictly enforced masks for all our employees and social distancing in our facility."

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The brewery added that its outdoor biergarten will also be opening again soon.

The situation at Hoops is one that has been repeated at many restaurants and bars across Minnesota.

There have also been 19 instances where significant outbreaks of COVID-19 have been traced back to bars and restaurants, which were identified by the Minnesota Department of Health this week.

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