Hudson Valley Malls & COVID-19: Updates to Know Before You Go

Missing the mall, Hudson Valley?

Due to New York State’s shutdown of malls during the COVID-19 crisis, local shopping centers were all but off the grid for months while each region worked its way through all four phases of the state’s reopening plan. It wasn’t until Governor Cuomo’s announcement on July 8 that malls were finally given the go-ahead to reopen their doors beginning July 10. Prior to this update, only stores with standalone entrances were allowed to operate.

Even though Hudson Valley malls can technically reopen to the community, this allowance does come with a few sticking points. First, malls must have COVID-19 safety measures in place to ensure the safety of both customers and employees. Second, malls must have enhanced HVAC filtration systems to minimize the potential spread of the coronavirus within the contained space.

Curious about where your local mall stands? Here’s what to know before you indulge in a little retail therapy – the in-person kind, that is.

Poughkeepsie Galleria


Poughkeepsie’s main mall reopens its doors with the same safety protocol as its sister Pyramid shopping centers in Albany and West Nyack. All visitors and employees must wear masks, adhere to social distancing guidelines, and perform self-health wellness checks prior to arriving onsite. The mall uses CDC-recommended disinfectants to sanitize touch points, restrooms, and common areas, with electrostatic sprayers on hand for high-tech cleansing. Hand sanitizer stations can be found at digital directories, food court areas, elevators and escalators, and common areas. Any shoppers who would prefer to use curbside pickup can do so using the designated parking spaces outside various entrances.

Newburgh Mall


Newburgh Mall maintains an up-to-date directory with notifications about which stores are opening and when. Call ahead to confirm individual store hours, since they may differ from the mall’s regular business hours. For visitors and employees, masks and social distancing are required.

Woodbury Common Premium Outlets

Central Valley

As one of the most highly trafficked shopping destinations in the Hudson Valley, Woodbury Common leaves nary a detail to chance when it comes to safety and social distancing. Signage is everywhere, one-way traffic is standard in many locations, play areas are closed, and plexiglass is in place. Snack machines and drinking fountains are closed for the time being, so guests should bring their own snacks or stop by one of the eateries onsite to dine. Occupancy limits are in place at a number of stores, and curbside pickup remains available at select locations. Find everything you need to know about a visit to Woodbury during the COVID-19 crisis here.