Only about 35 out of Bower Place Mall’s 175 outlets remained opened on Wednesday, with most of them temporarily shuttered to prevent spread of the virus. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff).

PHOTO: Temporarily shuttered shops are now a feature of Bower Place Mall

Less than a quarter of the outlets remain open

Only about 35 out of Bower Place Mall’s 175 outlets remained open on Wednesday, with most shops posting temporary closure notices in an attempt to protect staff and patrons.

Isolation measures from the COVID-19 virus created an eerie mid-afternoon setting at the Red Deer mall that now features mostly shuttered stores, hair salons and restaurants.

Staff at the retailers that are remaining open are waiting to hear further notifications from their bosses or head offices.

While The Hudson Bay store has also temporarily closed, the Shoppers Drug Mart is among the stores that are remaining open.

However, a notice to patrons of the pharmacy asks that the first hour of shopping, from 9 to 10 a.m., be reserved for older and vulnerable shoppers to help protect them from contracting the virus.

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