Two Tyler businesses are temporarily closing their doors to the public after employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

Village Bakery, at 111 E. 8th Street, announced Wednesday that after learning an employee has the coronavirus, the shop would be closed for cleaning and to have all workers tested for COVID-19.

Denise Neal, owner of Village Bakery, said the bakery was shut down in order to do the right thing. The employee who tested positive for COVID-19 had very little contact with other workers.

All employees were tested for the coronavirus Thursday morning and they are waiting for the results, she said.

Neal said a company was hired to professionally clean the bakery to ensure each nook and cranny is cleaned properly. For those who paid for any baked goods for this weekend, Neal said Village Bakery plans on giving a full refund.

“We are trying to do the right thing and keep the community safe,” Neal said.

She hopes the shop can reopen on Monday or Tuesday but she wants to take the process day by day.

Neal added that the bakery has always maintained a level of cleanliness, and when the shop reopens, all employees will wear masks and customers will be asked to wear masks as well.

“We appreciate all your continued support through these difficult times. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience that our temporary closure might cause you. We promise to be back soon, safe, and healthy! Take care, wash your hands, and continue social distancing,” the Village Bakery’s Facebook post said.

At The Foundry Coffee House in downtown Tyler, a staff member also tested positive for the virus and the coffee shop is closed to clean thoroughly until further notice.

This person, who was wearing a mask and took precautionary measures, last worked on June 18, according to a Facebook statement.

Two other staff members worked on June 20 and they have symptoms. These two workers, who also wore masks and took precautions, have not yet been tested and they did not have symptoms while at work, according to the statement.

“We are currently in the process of having all our staff tested,” the Foundry’s statement read.

The Foundry said it will provide updates about reopening through social media.


I came to the Tyler Morning Telegraph in September 2019. I report on crime, courts, breaking news and various events in Tyler and East Texas.

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