PHOTOS: The Woodlands Mall closes, shopping districts empty due to ongoing restrictions

Market Street on Six Pine Drive was empty March 23, before more stringent restrictions went into place. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Market Street on Six Pine Drive was empty March 23, before more stringent restrictions went into place. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)

Market Street on Six Pine Drive was empty March 23, before more stringent restrictions went into place. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)

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The southern parking lots at The Woodlands Mall were devoid of shoppers this week, and the mall announced March 26 it was temporarily closed. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Market Street's sidewalks and central park were empty early the week of March 23. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Although some of its exterior-facing stores and restaurants remained open, only a few customers entered The Woodlands Mall's north entrance March 23. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Market Street's stores, streets and parking spaces were empty the week of March 23. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Normally bustling shopping centers around The Woodlands were nearly empty this week, and The Woodlands Mall announced on its website as of 8 a.m. March 26 it would be temporarily closed. According to a statement on the mall website, the interior common areas are closed, but exterior-facing restaurants and businesses are able to operate within occupancy guidelines.

As of March 24, Montgomery County had not issued a stay-at-home order as Harris County did the same day. However, restrictions in place since March 19 limit gatherings of more than 10 people in Montgomery County and restrict restaurants to carryout and delivery services, and on March 25, County Judge Mark Keough updated his order to mandate the closing of additional nonessential businesses.

The Market Street shopping center on Six Pines Drive has postponed community events through April 30.

Montgomery County

An order from Keough effective through April 2 states events with greater than 10 people at public facilities are prohibited, while events at private facilities are urged to cancel. Retail stores, private businesses, civic organizations and religious organizations are also urged to comply with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines suggesting no more than 10 people gather at any one place at a time. On March 26, Keough added hair and nail salons, spas, licensed massage businesses, tattoo parlors and cosmetic businesses must cease operations, and nursing homes and retirement and long-term care facilities must prohibit nonessential visitors in most cases.


Harris County

An order from County Judge Lina Hidalgo effective through April 3 states
residents must stay at home unless they are part of the workforce providing essential health care services or are providing essential business or government services. Social gatherings outside the home are prohibited, and residents may leave their homes only for certain essential activities such as buying groceries or medicine, and they must maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from one another when in shared spaces.

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