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Cuomo: Malls to remain closed through Phase Two

Cuomo: Malls to remain closed through Phase Two Photo: MGN.

WHECTV
Updated: May 29, 2020 11:00 AM
Created: May 29, 2020 10:23 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Local malls will remain closed through Phase Two of reopening, according to the state guidelines released by Gov. Andrew Cuomo Friday morning.

In the recently released guidelines, it specifies that the indoor common spaces of the malls are what will remain closed.

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However, any stores located within shopping malls that have their own external entrances, separate from the general mall entrances, will be allowed to open.

On Thursday, Eastview Mall retailer Von Maur announced it was hoping to reopen on June 1, which is contingent upon when the region officially gets the green-light to enter Phase Two.

With no news yet on when exactly the region will enter Phase Two, many stores are participating in the curbside pick-up program that was approved as part of Phase One.

Locally, malls spoke to News10NBC's Raven Brown about their plans for reopening. 

Just this week, officials from Wilmorite, the owner of Eastview Mall, released a statement saying:

“Currently, the malls do not have a date for re-opening. We have asked our stores to prepare to re-open but clearly stated that the date is set by the Governor’s office, not us. We were hoping to hear word today in the Governor’s daily speech on the timing for Phase II. It is disappointing that we still do not have a target date since many retailers need time to call their staff back to work and prepare their stores. Without this, it will take many of the stores weeks to re-open even after the Governor’s office gives the green light. Currently, the only alternative for retailers is curbside pick-up, which is not a viable option for most. The malls are ready to re-open and have completed all necessary preparations. We are now hoping to receive news on an exact opening date soon.” 

Other businesses that are currently scheduled to remain closed through Phase Two of reopening include: 

  • Dine-in and on-premise restaurant or bar service, excluding take-out / delivery
  • Large gathering/ event venues
  • Gyms, fitness centers and exercise classes
  • Video lottery and casino gaming facilities
  • Movie theaters, except for drive-ins
  • Places of public amusement

More details are expected to be released during the governor's daily press briefing, scheduled for later on Friday.


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