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Williamsburg Premium Outlets closes due to coronavirus concerns

(WYDaily file photo)
(WYDaily file photo)

Simon Property Group on Wednesday announced after “extensive discussions with federal, state and local officials and in recognition of the need to address the spread of COVID-19, Simon will close all of its retail properties, including Malls, Premium Outlets and Mills in the U.S.”

Williamsburg Premium Outlets and Norfolk Premium Outlets are among the properties. Here’s a list of merchants the the Williamsburg location.

Some of the biggest outlets are Nike Factory Store, Coach, Polo Ralph Lauren Store, among others.

The closure will take effect at 7 p.m. Wednesday (March 18) through March 29, company officials said.

“The health and safety of our shoppers, retailers and employees is of paramount importance and we are taking this step to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our communities,” said David Simon, chairman, CEO and president of Simon, in a prepared statement.

It remains unclear whether the March 29 reopen date is tentative.

State Health Commissioner Dr. Norman Oliver during a news briefing in Richmond Wednesday said James City County, as of noon Wednesday, has 17 positive cases — total for the state Wednesday was 77.

James County County is considered a case of coronavirus (COVID-19) “outbreak,” one of three in the state. The other two outbreaks are in Richmond. An outbreak is two or more cases that can be traced to common exposure.

Norman said the Peninsula Health District is investigating more than 315 contacts for the 17 positive cases in James City County.


John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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