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LI malls closing to comply with new virus guidelines

Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City on Saturday.

Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City on Saturday. The mall will be closed until March 29, its parent company announced Wednesday night. Credit: Newsday / Steve Pfost

Long Island's malls and some shopping centers have closed or have announced they will close temporarily, following New York state's mandate that the indoor portions of malls be shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The retail properties are Roosevelt Field in Garden City, Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station, Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove, Westfield South Shore in Bay Shore, Westfield Sunrise In Massapequa, Broadway Commons in Hicksville, Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream, Tanger Outlets Deer Park and Tanger Outlets Riverhead.

Roosevelt Field, Walt Whitman Shops and Smith Haven Mall have closed until March 29, their parent company, Simon Property Group Inc., announced Wednesday.

Simon shuttered all of its malls nationwide at 7 p.m. local time Wednesday, the Indianapolis-based company announced in a statement. Simon operates 175 malls and premium outlets across the United States.

Westfield South Shore and Westfield Sunrise also will be closed through March 29, according to owner Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, a Paris-based company with U.S. headquarters in Los Angeles. URW said it will close all 32 of its malls and shopping centers in the U.S. 

Jean-Marie Tritant, U.S. president of URW, said in a statement, “We have not made this decision lightly, and believe this is in the best interest of protecting our various stakeholders."

On Wednesday, as part of a regional effort to combat the spread of the coronavirus, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the governors of New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania announced that the indoor sections of shopping malls, amusement parks and bowling alleys in those four states must have closed by 8 p.m. Thursday.

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"All indoor common portions of retail shopping malls with (an) ... excess of 100,000 square feet of retail space available for lease shall close and cease access to the public," according to Cuomo's executive order.

If a store has its own external entrance and exit, it can stay open.

This week, the four states also have limited social and recreational gatherings to 50 people.  They also prohibited on-premises service for restaurants and bars, but allowed takeout and delivery.   

Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc. said Thursday that its seven centers in New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and New Jersey would close at 5 p.m. Thursday "until further notice."  The Greensboro, North Carolina-based real estate investment trust owns or has an interest in 39 retail properties in the United States and Canada.

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