SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (FOX 2) - Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi and Great Lakes Crossing in Auburn Hills will both be closing for at least the next ten days as the country continues to battle the fight against the spread of coronavirus.
Taubman Centers, the owners of Twelve Oaks and Great Lakes Crossing, announced it would temporarily closing all but two of the company's shopping centers in the U.S. effective at the close of business on Thursday.
The closures will be in effect through March 29, or later if required by state or local government.
“After numerous discussions with state and local officials, we will temporarily cease operations in all but two centers this evening,” said the company’s Chairman, President and CEO Robert S. Taubman. “We are clearly in unprecedented times and this is right decision for our shoppers, retailers, employees and these communities.”
The move is similar to the one that Somerset Collection made on Wednesday, which announced it would close until at least March 27 because of coronavirus.
Since the first cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Michigan on March 10, Gov. Whitmer has declared a state emergency, closed all schools, prohibited gatherings of more than 250 people, restricted visits to hospitals and other facilities, closed public spaces such as theaters, bars, gyms and casinos, and limited restaurants to carry-out and delivery orders.
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