Local malls, outlets temporarily close due to coronavirus

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SAN DIEGO — Local shopping outlets and malls — including Fashion Valley and Westfield UTC — will temporarily close due to the coronavirus pandemic, management announced.

The Simon Property Group has issued a temporary closure for all of its retail properties in the U.S., including Fashion Valley, Carlsbad Premium Outlets and Las Americas Premium Outlets near the U.S.-Mexico border in San Ysidro.

The measure took effect at 7 p.m. Wednesday and will end March 29.

The Westfield Group announced it would also be closing most stores at its malls, though “essential” retailers would remain open. The company’s malls in San Diego County include Westfield UTC, Westfield Mission Valley, Westfield North County in Escondido and Westfield Plaza Bonita in National City.

The company said they would post updates about which stores were deemed “essential” and remained open on their website, and that shoppers should call individual retailers ahead of time to confirm.

“We encourage everyone to stay safe and look forward to reopening soon to support our community,” a statement from the Westfield Group read.

“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 Property Group.

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