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.
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 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.