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Mall of America to close for two weeks starting Tuesday

It follows the announced closure of the Nickelodeon Universe.

Just a day after saying it would be staying open despite the planned closure of Nickelodeon Universe, the Mall of America is now announcing it will close its doors as of 5 p.m. Tuesday.

"Our top priority at Mall of America is the health, safety and wellbeing of our tenants, guests and team members," it said in a Tuesday statement. "That is why we will close temporarily on March 17 at 5 p.m. through at least March 31."

The Bloomington megamall had said it would not be closing its doors on Monday but would be closing access to the Nickelodeon indoor theme park at the mall's center.

It also said that individual stores could choose to close should they so wish. 

But since then, Gov. Tim Walz has announced enhanced community mitigation measures that includes the closure of the majority of entertainment venues and attractions including bars, restaurants, and movie theaters.

The only retail businesses being encouraged to stay open are grocery stores and pharmacies.

"We respect Governor Walz's leadership and decision to further enhance community mitigation to stop people from gathering and potentially spreading the disease," the mall continues.

"We must act responsibly and comply with Governor Walz's order because it's the right thing to do for the state, for our tenants, our guests, and our team members."

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