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Sawgrass, Dadeland, Aventura and other South Florida malls closing due to coronavirus

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Sawgrass Mills, Dadeland and Aventura malls, among others, closed as of 7 p.m. Wednesday due to the spread of the coronavirus, the malls’ owner, Simon Property Group, announced Wednesday.

Simon, the nation’s largest owner of shopping malls and the owner of over 20 Miami Florida News malls and outlets, said all of its malls and premium outlets will be closed until 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,” David Simon, Simon’s chairman, chief executive and president, said in a statement.

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The South Florida malls and outlets that will be affected include Aventura, Coral Square, Dadeland, Florida Keys Outlet Marketplace, Miami International, Sawgrass Mills, The Colonnade Outlets, The Falls and the Town Center in Boca Raton.

While Aventura Mall closed on Wednesday, a mall executive said late Wednesday it does not know when it will reopen. Simon is a minority owner of the mall; Turnberry is the majority owner. Some restaurants at the mall are still open for take-out and delivery.

The City of Sunrise commission passed a resolution Wednesday morning that ordered Sawgrass Mills Mall, 12801 W. Sunrise Blvd., to shut down starting at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
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