News Release: Hamilton, Bermuda – The owners of Washington Mall announced that it will close today. It is expected to reopen on April 6.

Paul Slaughter, General Manager, of the Mall’s owners, Washington Properties (Bermuda) Ltd said: “After listening to the remarks of Minister Caines during his press conference yesterday and attending a special tele-conference with the Retail Division of the Chamber of Commerce, it has been decided that the Mall will close its doors today.

“All being well, we will reopen on April 6 although the reopening date will be updated as necessary. While the Government has not mandated that all non-essential businesses close that it has been heavily suggested that we should.

“It is the responsibility of all of us to make sure that residents stay home and off the streets to minimize the spread of COVID-19 so that it is brought under control sooner rather than later. If we don’t get a handle on this it will put a huge strain on the health care system if the disease is not contained quickly.”

He added: “While all of the public entrances will be closed to the public, individual tenants are still free to offer sales to their customers and take the goods to their customers at curb side. However, under no circumstances are customers or clients to be allowed in the Mall during this time.

“Washington Properties staff will be working remotely from home and any questions or concerns will be addressed as quickly as possible.

“Please keep safe all and do as the Government has requested and stay home and off the streets.”