SUNRISE, Fla. – One of the most popular shopping malls in the State of Florida will be closing its doors for the foreseeable future due to the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19.
Sawgrass Mills Mall announced Wednesday that it will be closing for nearly two weeks.
The mall is located in the City of Sunrise, which declared a state of emergency Wednesday.
Sawgrass Mills Mall is owned by Simon Property Group, the largest shopping mall operator in the United States.
Simon is closing all of its malls, starting Wednesday at 7 p.m. local time for each location, and keeping them shut until at least March 29.
That includes several in South Florida, including Dadeland Mall in Miami-Dade County and Town Center Mall in Boca Raton.
Another extremely busy mall in Miami-Dade County that is temporarily closing is Aventura Mall, though a reopening date has yet to be determined.
These changes come as the number of positive cases of COVID-19 in Florida has jumped to 328. Of those, 299 are Florida residents.
Nearly half of the state’s coronavirus cases are in South Florida, with 80 in Broward County and 77 in Miami-Dade.