Raimondo: Malls To Remain Closed During Phase 1 Of RI Reopen

Rachel Nunes

PROVIDENCE, RI — Rhode Island is poised to start lifting some coronavirus restrictions and reopening nonessential businesses in the coming weeks, but some industries will stay closed for now. On Tuesday, Gov. Gina Raimondo said that indoor malls will not reopen during the first phase of reopening, though outdoor shopping centers have been given the green light.

The Providence Place Mall and Warwick Mall, the largest indoor malls in the state, have been closed since the start of the outbreak in Rhode Island. The concern with reopening these shopping centers remains how to prevent large groups from congregating, and mall leadership has said that they have asked for more time to develop plans to safely distance shoppers. However, stores with outward-facing entrances can safely reopen, Raimondo said.

Outdoor shopping centers such as Garden City and Chapel View can begin to reopen during Phase One, Raimondo said, because people are less likely to congregate in large groups.

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This article originally appeared on the Cranston Patch