Simon reopens 5 Austin-area malls May 1, lifting coronavirus closures

The Domain, which was closed due to the coronavirus through April, reopened on May 1. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Domain, which was closed due to the coronavirus through April, reopened on May 1. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Domain, which was closed due to the coronavirus through April, reopened on May 1. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Five Austin-area malls managed by Simon are reopening May 1 after closing temporarily March 19 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to a news release by the company, Barton Creek Square Mall, Lakeline Mall, Round Rock Premium Outlets, San Marcos Premium Outlets and The Domain have all reopened as of 11 a.m. May 1.

New health and safety measures are being implemented at the malls, including increased sanitization of high-traffic areas, the addition of hand sanitizer stations and employee health screenings. Malls will also offer customers protective masks, sanitizing wipes and temperature testing, while social distancing practices are encouraged, according to the news release.

"The health, safety and well-being of those we serve will always be our highest priority, and we have developed a thorough and detailed set of protocols highlighting the exceptional measures we’ve implemented to safeguard shoppers, retailers and employees as we reopen,” Simon President John Rulli said in the release.

More information on safety measures being taken by Simon can be found on the company's website.


According to the release, Simon is also starting a program to host food banks, donation centers and testing sites at its properties to help support local communities.

A list of current offerings and retail options that are open for business can be found at www.simon.com.
By Nicholas Cicale
Nick has been with Community Impact Newspaper since 2016, working with the Lake Travis-Westlake and Southwest Austin-Dripping Springs editions. He previously worked as a reporter in Minnesota and earned a degree from Florida State University.


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