Would you feel comfortable shopping at a mall amid coronavirus? | The Tylt
Would you feel comfortable shopping at a mall amid coronavirus?
According to the New York Times' Sapna Maheshwari and Michael Corkery, Simon Property Group has put together a tiered approach to keeping customers and employees safe in its malls. Hours will be limited to allow for increased cleaning, masks will be worn by employees, and customers can request masks, temperature checks and hand sanitizer. Furthermore:
Security officers and employees will “actively remind and encourage shoppers” to maintain a proper distance from others and to refrain from shopping in groups. Food court seating will be spaced to encourage social distancing, and reusable trays will be banished. Play areas and drinking fountains will be temporarily closed, mall-provided strollers won’t be available and, in restrooms, every other sink and urinal will be taped off. Regular audio announcements will be made “to remind shoppers of their part in maintaining a safe environment for everyone.”
With these steps in mind, some customers are eager for the option to return to everyday practices like visiting a mall.
Not all stores within the malls in question plan to reopen. The New York Times' Maheshwari and Corkery report:
It is not clear how many retailers with stores in those malls will open their doors. Gap Inc., which owns its namesake brand as well as Athleta, Banana Republic and Old Navy and is a tenant in some of the properties being reopened, said on Tuesday that it was not opening any stores this weekend. Macy’s, also a Simon Property tenant, currently has all of its stores closed. On Tuesday, it said it had no update on when they would reopen.
In this light, some retailers and critics clearly do not believe malls should open their doors under any circumstances. According to this group, the risk is not worth the reward.