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Holyoke Mall, other retailers in city ordered closed in response to coronavirus


CIARA: GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME TO 22NEWS AT 10. I’M CIARA SPELLER. CIARA: HOLYOKE MAYOR ALEX MORSE HAS ORDERED THE CLOSURE OF THE HOLYOKE MALL AND OTHER SIMILAR RETAIL ESTABLISHMENTS, IN AN EFFORT TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF THE COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS. CIARA: 22NEWS REPORTER SYDNEY SNOW IS LIVE IN HOLYOKE TONIGHT. SYDNEY- YOU SPOKE WITH SHOPPERS TONIGHT WHO FREQUENT THE MALL. SYDNEY: AS OF 5PM TONIGHT THE HOLYOKE MALL AND A NUMBER OF OTHER RETAILERS IN THE CITY SHUT DOWN IN ORDER TO LIMIT PEOPLE FROM GATHERING INDOORS AND SHOPPERS ARE UNDERSTANDING BUT FRUSTRATED. IT’S DEFINITELY FRUSTRATING BUT IT CAN GET WORSE. IN THE CITY OF HOLYOKE THE MALL AND ALL OTHER RETAIL OPERATIONS WITH AN OCCUPANCY LOAD OF 50 OR MORE PEOPLE WILL BE SHUT DOWN TO THE PUBLIC. AN EXCEPTION WILL BE MADE FOR GROCERY STORES, PHARMACIES, AND TAKE-OUT FOOD OUTLETS – AS WELL AS STORES THAT SELL PET FOOD AND MEDICAL SUPPLIES. MYRNA ALMEYDA – SPRINGFIELD WELL AT LEAST THE GROCERY STORES WILL BE OPEN SO THAT’S GOOD JUST STAYING POSITIVE STAYING IN PRAYER AND STAYING CALM IS VERY IMPORTANT STORES INSIDE THE MALL THAT HAVE AN EXTERIOR DOOR ARE ALLOWED TO BE OPEN AS LONG AS THE LISTED OCCUPANCY LIMIT IS BELOW 50 AND THE ACCESS BETWEEN THE STORE AND THE MALL IS CLOSED OFF. THE CITY WIDE CLOSURE ONLY APPLIES TO PUBLIC ACCESS TO THE ESTABLISHMENTS – STAFF AND DELIVERY ACCESS IS STILL ALLOWED AT THIS TIME. SYDNEY: RETAILERS WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL THE CITY ANNOUNCES THEY CAN RE-OPEN. IT IS UNKNOWN WHEN THAT WILL HAPPEN. WORKING FOR YOU IN HOLYOKE SYDNEY SNOW 22NEWS

Jean Kelley

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