BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Commons Mall has instituted fewer hours for the time being while the country deals with the outbreak of coronavirus.

According to a release from the mall, as of March 16, the shopping center will be open noon to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.

As for individual retailers, in light of concerns surrounding coronavirus, retailers and merchants may implement their own modified hours or temporary store closures. The release said it is recommended that shoppers check the restaurant or store hours prior to visiting.

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In addition, out of an abundance of caution, the company has postponed the opening of the Easter Bunny experience. If the situation changes, it may open closer to Easter, but if it is canceled completely, all reservations will be refunded.

At the mall, they are disinfecting high traffic areas within the center and parking garages, based on guidelines on workplace cleanliness from the Centers for Disease Control. As an extra precaution, the release said, they are working with housekeeping vendors to increase the frequency and intensity of cleaning touchable surfaces using a strong disinfectant known to eradicate viruses.

In addition, hand sanitizer dispensers have been placed throughout the center.

If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 at the shopping center, they will alert the community and work with officials to ensure an appropriate plan is in place.

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In other closure news, the Somerset County Library System has extended the closure of all its branches through March 29.