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ITHACA, N.Y. — Mason Asset Management and Namdar Realty Group announced on Wednesday that they would be closing The Shops at Ithaca Mall until further notice.

“We have been closely tracking developments related to COVID-19 and have been following the guidance of authorities, ensuring that above all else, our patrons, merchants, and employees are safe and healthy,” said Mason Asset Management and Namdar Realty Group, the owners and management of the mall, in a statement Wednesday. “The situation has indeed evolved, and in accordance with the state mandate and with our community in mind, we have temporarily closed all New York malls until further notice. We sincerely appreciate our diligent team’s work in maintaining a safe and clean environment over the last few weeks, and we hope to re-open as soon as possible.”

Best Buy, Dicks Sporting Goods, Old Navy, Regal Cinemas and Michael’s crafts, anchor tenants of the mall, were all closed as of Wednesday afternoon. Gov. Andrew Cuomo mandated previously that shopping malls close down to slow the spread of the virus.

Target, however, will not be closing up shop. The store, deemed essential under New York State criteria because it is a grocer and has a pharmacy on-site, will remain open. The store will be reserving the first hour of shopping on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., for at-risk shoppers, including people over 60, those who are pregnant, have an underlying condition.

The parking lot of the mall is currently host to a coronavirus sampling center set up by Cayuga Health and the Tompkins County Health Department.

Featured image courtesy of Namdar Realty Group