FARGO - Popular local brewery Fargo Brewing reopened Frday, June 5, after temporarily shutting down its taproom and suspending off-sale and delivery services due to worries about an employee's potential exposure to COVID-19.

"We did reopen today after all of our employees came back and tested negative. We're up and running now," Co-owner Jared Hardy said, adding, "I think this is going to be the new normal of having to shut down a couple days, getting everyone tested, and reopening."

Hardy had confirmed Wednesday, June 3, that it was believed at that time that one employee may have been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, so out of “an abundance of caution,” the decision was made to shut down the taproom and off-sale and delivery.


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Most of Fargo Brewing's employees were tested for COVID-19 exposure on Tuesday, June 2, Hardy said.

Fargo Brewing, which is at 610 N. University Drive, has been open for delivery and pickup since late March, but not for on-site consumption, Hardy said. The firm’s beer is also available at neighborhood liquor stores and its other local retail partners.