NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. – Pyramid Management Group, the company that manages Sangertown Square and Destiny USA, has released a statement taking issue with Gov. Cuomo’s claim that the air conditioning inside malls may spread coronavirus.
Three days before the start of Phase 4 in several regions, the state announced that malls, movie theaters and gyms would not be included in the list of businesses eligible to reopen.
In a press conference Wednesday, Cuomo said the state is studying the effects of air conditioning systems in these types of businesses.
“We’re continuing to study malls, movie theaters and gyms,” said Cuomo. “There’s some reports that malls, bars, certain social clubs with air conditioning – that air conditioning may not be cleansing the air of the virus, and just recirculating the virus, so we're studying that."
Pyramid Management Group challenged Cuomo’s comments, saying there is no evidence that the HVAC systems within malls are any more likely to spread the virus than those in restaurants, offices or other stores that are already open.
The company released the following statement Thursday morning:
“While we can appreciate the state’s concern about the public’s health and safety, any reporting that suggests that HVAC systems within enclosed shopping centers are more likely to distribute the virus than HVAC systems within restaurants, barber shops, office buildings, museums and freestanding retailers already open like Target, Walmart, Hobby Lobby, TJ Maxx (and others) is simply false.
The quality of overall air circulation in our shopping centers, which also benefit from considerable open and airy corridors, is as good or better than those venues that have been allowed to reopen. Numerous health and safety experts support the view that enclosed shopping centers present no greater risk of spreading the virus through their HVAC systems than standalone, freestanding retailers’ locations (see citation below).
If anything, the relative risk within our airy, enclosed malls may in fact be lower as we have done more than is necessary based on health and safety recommendations to improve the existing air filtration systems within our shopping centers to bolster the quality of airflow within our centers.
See link to the following story here that outlines our view: www.healthline.com.”
Sangertown Square stores with outside entrances are currently open, and some inside retailers are offering curbside pickup.
The following stores are open:
- Dick's (store and curbside)
- Macy's (store and curbside)
- Home Goods (store)
- Target (store)
- Scentsations (curbside)
- Pandora (curbside)
- i-Candies (curbside)
- Kay Jewelers (curbside)