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State of Mind second downtown business to temporarily close after positive COVID-19 employee test

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State of Mind Public House & Pizzeria, seen here in March. The restaurant had been offering curbside pickup and outdoor dining prior to closing temporarily on Thursday (July 23) after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

State of Mind Public House & Pizzeria in downtown Los Altos is closed temporarily after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. 

It is the second downtown Los Altos business to shutter its doors temporarily this week due to positive COVID-19 employee testing, after Draeger’s Market closed on Monday (July 20).

The restaurant posted on its website and Facebook page on Thursday (July 23) that the employee has mild symptoms and is quarantined at home. The last shift the employee worked was on July 16. During a mandatory employee temperature check, the employee did not exhibit symptoms or have a fever. According to the restaurant's statement, the employee “works in the back of the house and does not have interaction with customers.”

While the restaurant is closed, it will be deep-cleaned and the entire staff tested, according to the statement. The restaurant owners will wait until seeing the results before determining next steps. State of Mind representatives said they already contacted the Santa Clara County authorities and will be following their guidance.

The statement continued: “This is a difficult time for us. Serving all of you means the world to us. We can’t wait to reopen as soon. The safety of our employees, family and guests guides us in this decision to temporarily close, and will guide us in our reopening.”

State of Mind – located at the corner of State and Fourth streets – had not closed since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, remaining open for curbside takeout and later for outdoor dining.

“We are still feeling upbeat and this is just a speed bump,” Lars Smith, the chef and co-owner, said in a text message to the Town Crier.

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