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Some Pier Park restaurants still open

We asked Pier Park management to comment on why it's still open even though the Simon Property...
We asked Pier Park management to comment on why it's still open even though the Simon Property Group announced temporary closures of its properties. (WJHG/WECP)(WJHG)
Published: Mar. 19, 2020 at 6:48 PM CDT
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The Simon Property Group announced they are temporarily closing all domestic properties Wednesday to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Pier Park is a Simon Property, but some restaurants are still open.

An employee with Angry Tuna told NewsChannel 7 the Simon Property Group told the restaurant to adjust its store hours and enforce 50% capacity.

"They've also increased all of the sanitizing stations, hand-washing areas. They asked us to be down to 50% capacity, we staggered we made sure all our chairs and tables were six feet apart," Angry Tuna bookkeeper Holly Torres said.

But the question still remains: why is Pier Park open?

We asked Pier Park management to comment on why it's still open even though the Simon Property Group announced temporary closures of its properties. They told us to contact Simon Property directly.

We asked again if Pier Park management could give NewsChannel 7 an explanation as to why Pier Park was open. We were directed again to contact Simon Property.

We have reached out to Simon Property and are waiting on a response.

In Wednesday's press release sent out by the Simon Property Group, they said the closure is expected to end March 29.

"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 and Chief Executive Officer and President of Simon.

The SkyWheel is closed. They announced on their Facebook page they would be temporarily closed as of March 17th.

They posted, "Our SkyWheel team always operates under our core values, which help us all S.O.A.R. to success! Those are Safety, Outstanding Service, Attitude and Respect for all. In order to uphold those values, we have made the difficult decision to temporarily close all operations in order to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and provide the best service to our guests, crew and our community."

The section of Pier Park where the retail stores are located is practically empty. Most stores have a sign on the front saying they are temporarily closed due to COVID-19.

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