Vancouver Mall to close starting Thursday amid COVID-19 outbreak

No estimated reopening date given

VANCOUVER — Vancouver Mall is the latest business announcing they will close temporarily to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus causing COVID-19.

https://twitter.com/ShopVanMall/status/1240080496543117313

Centennial, the company that manages the mall, had previously announced that hours would be cut back effective today, but announced on Twitter this afternoon that they should shut down fully, effective Thu., March 19.

“Your health & safety is our top priority,” the statement read. “To do our part in slowing the spread of the virus, #ShopVancouverMall will temporarily close as of 3/19. We’ll continuously monitor the status of COVID-19 & reopen when health authorities recommend it.”

Vancouver Mall is set to shut down Thursday during the COVID-19 outbreak. Photo credit: Centennial Recreation
Vancouver Mall is set to shut down Thursday during the COVID-19 outbreak. Photo credit: Centennial Recreation

Vancouver Mall will be open from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, before closing entirely on Thursday (March 19). 

A number of retailers with locations in the mall had already made their own decisions to close, including Macy’s, H&M, AMC theater, and Gold’s Gym.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases nationwide has surpassed 5,000 people nationwide as of Tuesday afternoon, including more than 1,000 in Washington state. More than half of the deaths blamed on COVID-19 have been in Washington, including the first two Clark County deaths announced today.

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Chris Brown comes to Clark County Today with 15 years of local news experience as a reporter, editor, and anchor at KXL News Radio and KOIN-6 TV in Portland. In 2016, he won an Oregon Association of Broadcaster's award for Best Investigative Reporting for a series on America's Violent Youth. He has also been awarded by the Associated Press for Best Breaking News coverage as editor of Portland's Morning News following the 2015 school shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. The second oldest of eight home-schooled children, Brown graduated from high school two years early. After several odd jobs, he earned an internship at KXL Radio, eventually working his way into a full-time job. Brown has lived in Clark County his entire life, and is very excited at the opportunity to now focus full-time on the significant stories happening in his own back yard, rather than across “the river.’’ After a few years in Vancouver, he recently moved back to Battle Ground with his wife and two young daughters. When he's not working to report what's happening in Clark County, Brown enjoys spending time with his family, playing music, taking pictures, or working in the yard. He also actually does enjoy long walks on the beach, and sunsets.

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