Kollege Klub and Sally's Saloon report highest COVID-19 case numbers in Minneapolis
Though COVID-19 precautions are in place, the restaurants continued to report cases in September as University students returned.
October 31, 2020Jump to Comments
Two University of Minnesota-area restaurants have been among the top hotspots for COVID-19 throughout the state.
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has reported 103 restaurants that have been investigated for suspected patron transmission of COVID-19 statewide since restaurants were allowed to reopen in June. Fifty-five met the outbreak threshold, according to information released to the public on Oct. 9.
Minneapolis has 14 establishments that meet this criteria, including Kollege Klub and Sally's Saloon at the top of the list.
The Kollege Klub in Dinkytown had a total of 90 cases this summer, with 21 cases reported in September alone. Sally's in Stadium Village trails closely behind with 83 total reported cases, 34 of which were also reported in September.
Both Sally's and Kollege Klub declined to comment regarding their response to the pandemic.
MDH notes that because locations rely on self-reporting and some people may be reluctant to share information about their attendance at social events, some outbreaks could be underreported.
Hayden Cecil, a student who went to Sally's this semester, said she felt safe while in the restaurant because of its COVID-19 precautions but was unsettled by the behavior of other patrons.
"I wear my mask when I walk around," Cecil said. "But it's like, sometimes when I see other people walking around without a mask, it just gives me an uneasy feeling."
She added that social distancing is difficult when patrons are walking between tables, sometimes unmasked, or standing in line waiting to be admitted to Sally's.
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