PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Due to COVID-19, malls were forced to close to the public to prevent the spread of the virus while trying to clean up and sanitize their facilities. Malls and stores have already started to reopen to the public in phases and restaurants.
The next phase of mall openings start Saturday with the opening of indoor malls.
Two Phoenix-area malls are planning to reopen soon amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Here are a list of malls opening Saturday:
- Arizona Mills
- Arrowhead Towne Center
- Chandler Fashion Center
- Desert Sky Mall
- Paradise Valley Mall
- Scottsdale Fashion Square
- Supersition Springs Center
Some malls opened last Friday including Kierland Commons, Biltmore Fashion Park, San Tan Village, Desert Ridge, Phoenix Premium Outlets and Tempe Marketplace
"The health, safety and well-being of the community we serve will always be our highest priority, and we have developed a thorough and detailed set of protocols highlighting the exceptional measures we’ve implemented for shoppers, retailers and employees as we reopen,” said Ava Earnest, General Manager at Phoenix Premium Outlets. “We also recognize that individuals and families in our community are suffering significant hardship as a result of both COVID-19 and the economic shutdown, and we believe that reopening our property will not only help people get back to work during these challenging times, but also enable us to use our property to further support charitable initiatives."
Here are some things to expect when malls, stores and more start to reopen:
Employee screening: All employees will be required to screen themselves at home. Anyone with a temperature over 100.4 degrees or have flu-like symptoms will be required to stay home.
Social distancing: Property management will make sure there is one person per 50 square feet of space. Keep six feet social distancing and do not travel in groups.
Closure of high-interaction areas: Play areas, stroller and valet stations and drinking fountains will be closed.
Coordinated Traffic Flow: Signage and floor decals to encourage better traffic flow.
Business hours: Will be adjusted - opening later and closing earlier in most cases.