UPDATED on 5/1/2020 to reflect updated opening dates and info on Macy’s plans for reopening.
Several Atlanta area malls have announced plans to re-open this Monday. You can expect reduced mall hours and certain stores that remain closed — possibly even the large anchor stores.
And remember, just because something is open doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a good idea to go there.
The CDC recommends that you wear a cloth face covering in public, maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from other people whenever possible, and limit your trips to essential errands.
The AJC reports that department stores like Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s have not released their plans for reopening. But a story in the New York Times reports that Macy’s will gradually begin re-opening stores over a 6-8 week period — with some stores in Georgia opening as soon as Monday, May 4, 2020.
The NY Times articles talks about a new kind of shopping experience, and it is worth a read. Even if you don’t have a subscription, you can generally read a certain number of articles for free each month.
If you can’t access the NY Times, here’s a brief recap of the safety measures Macy’s will have in place.
- You can expect masked/gloved employees and plexiglass barriers at cash registers.
- Beauty consultants will not touch you or apply make-up to your face, and you won’t be able to touch testers for these products.
- There will be new protocols for using fitting rooms, and you may not be allowed to try on certain items.
- Services like alterations, ear piercing, and bra fittings will be suspended.
- You may be asked to use hand sanitizer before handling items like watches and jewelry.
It’s not yet clear whether food courts will re-open, as dine-in areas are subject to specific restrictions and guidelines. (You can read our post about that for more info.) But when they do open, you can adjust widely spaced out seating.
We will update when we know more!
These are the malls planning to re-open on Monday, May 4th:
- Lenox Square
- Phipps Plaza
- Mall of Georgia
- Town Center at Cobb
- Sugarloaf Mills
- Greenbrier Mall
- Arbor Place
On its website, Perimeter Mall does not indicate a date for reopening, but lists the restaurants currently offering dine-in service.
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