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Minneapolis bar closing until staff is COVID free, recommends patrons get tested

One employee tested positive, another is awaiting test results.

Mac's Industrial Sports Bar in Minneapolis says it will be closed until its staff has been cleared of COVID-19 via testing and it is encouraging patrons to quarantine and get tested. 

The bar, 310 E Hennepin Ave., shared this news on its Facebook page on Monday, June 29, saying another staff member developed coronavirus symptoms. That employee got tested on Monday afternoon and worked full-time. The test results haven't come back yet. 

The day before, on June 28, the bar posted on Facebook that it had an employee test positive for the coronavirus and were closing for the rest of the day until it can consult with the Minnesota Department of Health. 

After a second employee developed symptoms, Mac's decided to recommend that anyone who has been to the bar since June 20 quarantine themselves and/or get tested. 

The bar is making this recommendation based on its own accord and its own understanding of best practices. 

"We've been in contact with the Minnesota Department of Health and OSHA this morning, and unfortunately, except for the standard wear masks, wash hands, stay six feet apart, they didn't provide much guidance and both stated contract tracing would take up the issue," the post said, later adding that if it gets further guidance from the contract-tracing team, it'll pass that along.  

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Other bars with COVID-19 outbreaks

Last week, the Minnesota Department of Health said four bars in Minnesota are linked to COVID-19 outbreaks.

Rounders Sports Bar & Grill and The 507, both in Mankato, are linked to more than 100 cases and The Kollege Klub and Cowboy Jacks, both in Minneapolis, have been connected to 30 cases. 

The outbreaks at the four bars came in the first two weeks of Minnesota bars and restaurants being allowed to serve customers at a 50 percent capacity after being banned from doing so for nearly three months by Gov. Tim Walz's stay-at-home orders.

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