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The Lexington is the Twin Cities restaurant to temporarily close after worker tests positive for COVID-19

An employee tested positive for the virus.
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A mainstay restaurant on St. Paul's Grand Avenue has temporarily closing after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. 

The Lexington, located at 1096 Grand Ave., informed its customers through social media on Thursday about the health situation, which will require extensive cleaning and disinfecting, resulting in the rooftop restaurant closing until July 8. 

"Today, we were made aware of an employee who tested positive for COVID-19. This employee did not have any direct interactions with our guests, however, the safety of our team and guests is paramount," The Lexington announced. 

The restaurant will stay closed through the holiday weekend before reopening to diners July 8. In the meantime, disinfecting and sanitizing of all surfaces will take place, while all staff will undergo health screenings, including temperature checks, upon their return to work. 

The Lexington has been around since 1935. 

On Thursday, The Freehouse in Minneapolis announced a similar situation, with a member of its kitchen staff testing positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. The Freehouse closed Thursday but is reopening Friday at 11 a.m. after disinfecting the entire restaurant. 

The Freehouse employee did not interact with customers, but all staff who interacted with the worker will follow self-isolation guidelines before returning to work. 

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