Ala Moana Center, Pearlridge close as ‘stay-at-home’ order goes into effect

Pearlridge Center, seen here in a file photo take Dec. 31, 2019, is closing indefinitely....
Pearlridge Center, seen here in a file photo take Dec. 31, 2019, is closing indefinitely. because of the coronavirus pandemic.(Instagram/Pearlridge Center)
Published: Mar. 23, 2020 at 3:54 PM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Ala Moana and Pearlridge centers are closing indefinitely as Oahu prepares for a sweeping “stay-at-home” order to fight the spread of coronavirus.

Ala Moana Center said its food court will stay open for take-out and delivery only.

“We’ve been closely monitoring the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic, and the well-being of our community is paramount,” Ala Moana Center said, in a news release.

"We appreciate the understanding and support of the community during this challenging time.”

Earlier Monday, a spokeswoman for Pearlridge Center said the shopping complex has closed indefinitely because of concerns surrounding the worsening global coronavirus pandemic.

Notice was given just after 11 a.m., and the spokesperson said the closure had already gone into effect.

An island-wide shutdown was to go into effect at 4:30 p.m. on Monday.

Exceptions were to be made for restaurants with carry-out or to-go services that faced the parking lot and did not require entrance into the mall.

Any essential businesses, like Longs Drugs, that had entrances facing the parking lot were to be allowed to remain open as well, a spokesperson said.

Notice about when the shopping center would reopen was to be posted on the shopping center’s social media platforms when it became available.

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