More malls in the Twin Cities have announced temporary closures amid the wider shutdown of retail and entertainment businesses in Minnesota.
The Mall of America closed its doors to the public as of Wednesday until the end of the month, coinciding with the closure of Minnesota's schools. Many of the other major malls in the Twin Cities were staying open even though many of their stores and restaurants had also closed.
That started changing on Wednesday though, with the Southdale Center in Edina announcing it was closing its doors as of 7 p.m. Wednesday, until at least Mar. 29.
"After extensive discussions with federal, state and local officials and in recognition of the need to address the spread of COVID-19, we will be temporarily closed," a statement from its owner, Simon Property Group, said on its website.
"The health and safety of our shoppers, retailers and employees are of paramount importance and we are taking this step to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community."
The same move has been taken at the Twin Cities Premium Outlets in Eagan, the Miller Hill Mall in Duluth, and at Albertville Premium Outlets, which are also owned by Simon Property Group.
The Duluth News Tribune notes that some tenants in the Miller Hill Mall will stay open, namely restaurants that are still offering takeout service, and Barnes & Noble, which has its own entrance.
The Galleria in Edina also announced that it would be closing as of 6 p.m. Thursday.
But as of Thursday morning, malls that remain open in the Twin Cities include Rosedale Center in Roseville, The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes in Maple Grove, Ridgedale Center in Minnetonka, Maplewood Mall, and Eden Prairie Center.
All of them, however, are operating with reduced hours, and some retailers at each location have chosen to close.