BARNESVILLE, Minn. — A Clay County Dairy Queen is temporarily shutting down after two employees reported being near someone who tested positive for coronavirus.
The two employees had not tested positive for coronavirus and were not showing symptoms Thursday evening, March 19, but both are at home under self-quarantine, according to a statement from the restaurant's management.
While state and county health officials are allowing food establishments with takeaway options like Dairy Queen to remain open, management still decided to suspend operations.
Clay County reported its first case of coronavirus on Thursday, but it was unclear where and when the Dairy Queen employees may have been exposed.
It was also unclear how long the restaurant will remain closed. In a statement, the Dairy Queen said it would reopen once it had gotten the "all clear."
Management added that the Dairy Queen has been following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines when cleaning and sanitizing the restaurant and that staff will work to further sanitize the restaurant while it is closed.