All properties will be closed at 7 p.m. Wednesday and will stay shut down until Sunday, March 29.
“The health and safety of our shoppers, retailers, and employees is of paramount importance and we are taking this step to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our communities,” said David Simon, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Simon.
The Broadway Square Mall has 80 stores including Dillard’s, JCPenny, Victoria’s Secret, and Dick’s Sporting Good which opened in late February.
“I mean it’s okay, I understand why their doing it, they are doing it to help people to cut down on the virus,” said Penny Bradley, a shopper.
“I think until we find out exactly how many people are infected around here I think that’s the right thing to do,” said Ken Murray, another shopper.
While some shoppers think it is a necessary step to take, others see it as a risk to people’s job.
“It puts too many people out of work, too many young people out of work, and I just don’t think it’s right,” said Paul Brodie, another shopper.
Dillard’s will remain open with Chipotle offering to-go only.