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Coronavirus in Florida: Silver Sands, Pier Park among malls being closed

Kelly Tyko
USA TODAY
Walton Sun

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Simon Property Group, the largest owner of shopping malls in the nation, is closing all of its malls and retail properties because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The closings start at 7 p.m. local time Wednesday and are expected to end March 29, the Indianapolis-based company said in a news release.

Simon Property Group has 22 mall locations in Florida:

Coconut Point

Coral Square

Cordova Mall

Dadeland Mall

Ellenton Premium Outlets

Florida Keys Outlet Marketplace

Miami International Mall

Orlando International Premium Outlets

Orlando Outlet Marketplace

Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets

Pier Park

Sawgrass Mills

Silver Sands Premium Outlets

St. Augustine Premium Outlets

St. Johns Town Center

Tampa Premium Outlets

The Avenues

The Falls

The Florida Mall

Town Center at Boca Raton

Treasure Coast Square

Tyrone Square

The closings come after several department stores from Macy's, J.C. Penney to Nordstrom and other mall brands including Gap, Victoria's Secret and Sephora, have announced they are also temporarily closing locations.

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In a statement, the company said the decision came after "extensive discussions with federal, state and local officials and in recognition of the need to address the spread of COVID-19."

"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," president and CEO David Simon said in the release.

The closings include the company's 209 U.S. properties, which include malls and premium outlets.

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