Malls, Bowling Alleys Join Coronavirus Shutdown Thursday

Roosevelt Field Mall
Roosevelt Field Mall

Long Islanders itching to hit the mall or go bowling have until 8 p.m. Thursday before the coronavirus shutdown includes the indoor portions of retail shopping malls and bowling alleys, officials said Wednesday.

The move comes after New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo made a similar order for gyms, casinos, and movie theaters, closed schools on Long Island for two weeks, ordered bars and restaurants to switch to take-out only, and mandated non-essential employers have no more than 50 percent of their staff not working from home to stop the spread of the pandemic.

“Together we will reduce density and slow the spread of #Coronavirus,” Cuomo tweeted.

The mall, bowling alley, and other closures are also in effect in New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.

The latest round of closures also includes amusement parks, although Adventureland Amusement Park in Farmingdale already delayed its opening weekend scheduled for March 21 and Splish Splash in Calverton isn’t slated to open until Memorial Day weekend.

Officials have repeatedly urged the public to avoid crowds of more than 10 people and forced the canceling of widespread concerts and events to keep the virus from spreading.

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