WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The Westfarms Mall in West Hartford will be open Tuesday, after temporarily closing its doors Monday due to ongoing protests around the state.
According to a representative for Westfarms, the mall was closed on Monday, June 1, out of an “abundance of caution” due to the protests happening around the state since late last week.
Heavy police presence was outside of the mall on Monday. The main entrance on New Britain Avenue was blocked by safety barricades.
There was some talk on Facebook about possible protests at the mall, but West Hartford Police told News 8 officers have not confirmed any protests or threats.
Shoppers stopped out of concern. Mark Inglehart, of Oakville, was headed to Trader Joe’s for some groceries and heard about the shutdown of the mall.
“I can imagine looting might be on the mind of all these young kids who are frustrated,” he said. “Seems like this country slowly peeling back band-aid, revealing all of this puss. Sometimes you have to yank it off, I think. It hurts.”
Westfarms was among several malls around the state that reopened as part of Phase One of the governor’s reopening plan.
Since reopening, the mall has been open for business Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.