FARGO – The Hotel Donaldson in downtown Fargo has temporarily closed its doors.

The announcement came via their Facebook page Wednesday, Aug. 20.

“It’s not goodbye, it’s see you later!” the post read. “We are temporarily closing The Lounge, The Hotel, and our restaurant until further notice.”

No reason was given, however, on Sunday, Aug. 2, the art-inspired hotel located at 101 Broadway announced via Facebook it would be closing due to an employee who tested positive for COVID-19.

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“Unfortunately, after exceeding required COVID-19 safety practices, someone on our team tested positive,” the Aug. 2 post read. “The teammate was not at work when they began feeling ill, and hasn’t been at work since. We learned of the result on Saturday, online. Before speaking to a health care professional, or Public Health (closed on weekends) we decided to close our business, have the team tested and learn what other steps to take after speaking to a Public Health Professional as soon as possible on Monday. We'll be in touch.”

There was no other official word from the management, and no immediate indication if the hotel was reopened after the Aug. 2 posting.

“The Hotel Donaldson in Fargo’s revitalized downtown offers far more than a place to sleep,” according to its website. “Art-filled rooms; beds you’ll linger in; artisan cuisine paired with wine, beer, and spirits; and friendly, experienced staff members create a memorable experience. After more than 100 years as a fraternal lodge and hotel, the building took on its current life in 2003 after a three-year renovation process. Since then, The Hotel Donaldson (often referred to fondly as The HoDo) has become recognized for its exceptional hospitality and its role as a central location for downtown Fargo’s nightlife, dining, and culture.”

While the Facebook post did not offer any explanation for the closing, it did add an epilogue as the hiatus began.

“We love our community and look forward to seeing you all again soon,” read the post.