Mall of America closes due to COVID-19

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The largest U.S. retail and entertainment center has shut down in support of Minnesota’s efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic by discouraging people from gathering.

The Mall of America in Bloomington, which draws visitors from across the country and around the world, says it will remain closed through at least March 31.

It cited orders from Gov. Tim Walz that are aimed at stopping the spread of the coronavirus.

Health officials say 60 Minnesotans have tested positive.