Polaris Fashion Place has canceled plans for the Easter Bunny's arrival March 21.

Mary Dimitrijeska, Polaris' marketing director, forwarded notes from mall general manager Tamra Bower and Cherry Hill Photos, which operates the photo opportunity at the Easter set.

“Unfortunately, this event has been canceled," Bower said." For the safety of our guests, retailers, employees and the community, we are following the lead of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), our state and local officials and state and local health authorities regarding the direction and best course of action for large gatherings in public places.”

From Cherry Hill: "We continue to assess the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), remaining vigilant and following all recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO), U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local authorities. We believe it is our role and responsibility during this time to prioritize two things: the health and well-being of our customers and partners while also playing a constructive role in supporting local health officials and government leaders as they work to contain the virus."

"As such, we have made the decision to not open any Easter sets at this time. Cherry Hill will continue to monitor this situation and communicate all decisions regarding future Easter set openings in a timely and responsible manner."

For the status on other scheduled events, go to polarisfashionplace.com.

Dimitrijeska also sent an update March 13 about Polaris and coronavirus precautions in general.

The statement reads:

Polaris Fashion Place has increased the frequency and intensity of already rigorous cleaning and sanitation practices

Columbus, OH – March 13, 2020 – At Polaris Fashion Place the health and safety of our guests, retailers and employees is our top priority.

We have a proactive plan in place to address the coronavirus (COVID-19). We’re actively monitoring the issue and carefully following safety guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) along with federal, state and local health authorities.

Here are the preventative measures we are taking at Polaris Fashion Place:

• We have increased the frequency and intensity of our already rigorous cleaning and sanitation practices, including periodically disinfecting areas most susceptible to the spread of germs. This includes play areas, public restrooms, rental strollers and wheelchairs, door handles, escalator handles, food court tables and other common area touch points.

• We have increased housekeeping staffing, especially during peak traffic times.

• We have alcohol-based hand sanitizer dispensers located in highly-trafficked areas and walkways for public use.

• We are acquiring additional alcohol-based hand sanitizer dispensers and refills.

• The Polaris Fashion Place team is meeting with housekeeping managers on a daily basis and monitoring alcohol-based hand sanitizing product supply to help ensure all units are stocked.

• All of our housekeeping teams have a Pandemic Emergency Preparation Plan in place (in both English and Spanish).

• We are working closely with local health authorities to monitor the evolving situation and further respond as needed.

Looking after our guests and the community:

• Based on advice from medical experts in infectious disease, guests and employees who are sick are encouraged to stay home and avoid close contact with others.

• Washing your hands frequently and thoroughly helps to prevent infection. The CDC recommends washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and clean running water especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Don’t forget the backs of your hands, between your fingers and under your fingernails, and dry your hands with a clean towel or let them air dry.

As it relates to events hosted at Polaris Fashion Place

• For the safety of our guests, retailers, employees, and the community, we are following the lead of the CDC, our local officials, and local health authorities regarding the direction and best course of action for large gatherings in public places.

• If we have to modify, cancel or postpone an event, we will communicate updates to our guests as quickly as possible.

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