Indoor shopping malls close under order of governor

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The Galleria at Crystal Run & the Poughkeepsie Galleria's hours will be changing on Wednesday.

ALBANY – All of the Pyramid Company’s shopping malls as well Woodbury Common Factory Outlets are closing down temporarily because of the COVID-19 virus. The order came from Governor Cuomo on Wednesday.

Among Pyramid’s indoor malls to close at 8 p.m. today (Thursday) are the Galleria at Crystal Run in the Town of Wallkill, Palisades Center in West Nyack and the Poughkeepsie Galleria in the Town of Poughkeepsie.

“We are in unprecedented times and understand the direction from New York State is the result of the presence of the coronavirus in the communities we serve,’ said Stephen Congel, chief executive officers of Pyramid Management Group. “We respect the decision to further enhance community mitigation and reduce density for the greater good of our community, tenants, guests and employees.”

The company said in many of its malls, tenants including Target, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Best Buy and others have dedicated exterior entrances and will have the capacity to remain open following the required protocols.

On Monday, State Senator James Skoufis (D, Woodbury) urged the governor to mandate that outlet malls the likes of Woodbury Common close down because of the pandemic.

“This closing is the responsible thing to do from a public health standpoint; however, I urge companies to do the right thing and continue providing wages to those laid off or furloughed due to circumstances beyond their control,” he said. “Corporate social responsibility is an absolute must right now and we all have a role to play in resolving this crisis.”