May Day Cafe in Minneapolis closes after employee tests positive for coronavirus

The cafe is closed Monday.
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Already facing uncertain times as a small cafe up against the coronavirus outbreak, May Day Cafe in Minneapolis is closed Monday after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. 

"As some of you may have heard, one of our employees tested positive for COVID-19. This employee has not worked for the past few days and is doing well," the cafe said in a Facebook post. 

The cafe, located at 3440 Bloomington Ave., said the Minnesota Department of Health has "evaluated our other employees as falling into the low risk category which, according to the MNDH is the same category as almost everyone in the country."  

It's unclear when the cafe plans to reopen, but the safety and concern for its customers will be the deciding factor. 

It's unclear if the employee who tested positive is among the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota, of which there were 35 according to the latest data released Sunday. The MDH has indicated that there are likely "many more" COVID-19 cases in the state that are not confirmed due to community transmission. 

May Day Cafe's closure comes less than 24 hours after Seward Co-op in south Minneapolis announced it was closing for an extensive cleaning after an employee also tested positive for the coronavirus. 

The pressure on restaurants is also mounting, with New York City, Chicago, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles all banning in-restaurant dining to curb the spread of the virus. 

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