Area malls make plans to reopen in future, with social distancing changes

Written by on May 22, 2020

Area malls make plans to reopen in future, with social distancing changes

By Megan Frank

May 22, 2020

Malls in the Lehigh Valley and King of Prussia remain closed under the governor’s phased reopening plan. But as WLVR’s Megan Frank reports, when they do reopen, shoppers can expect some big changes.

 

In March, the largest mall operator in the U.S., Simon Property Group, closed over 200 of its retail properties due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the King of Prussia and Lehigh Valley malls. 

The Pennsylvania properties will be allowed to open again when local counties enter the green phase under the governor’s plan. 

When they do, Eric Goldstein, executive director of the King of Prussia District, says shoppers at King of Prussia mall will notice changes to encourage social distancing — like decals on floors to direct traffic flow, limited food court seating and closed off play areas and fountains.

“It may look a little bit different, wearing masks or having limitations on the number of people allowed into restaurants and retail locations. I still think people are going to go out and start doing things again because let’s face it, it’s human nature,” said Goldstein. 

The mall reopening plan will limit the number of entrances to each property and make sure that occupancy does not exceed one person per 50 square feet of space.

Retailers and other tenants are encouraged to use technology, such as Apple Pay, that allows for contactless transactions. 

Watch Megan’s PBS39 News Tonight Report.


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