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Wednesday, Aug 17, 2022

Malls Get Reopening Guidance

Malls have some state guidelines for reopening, with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s most recent update Tuesday.

Rules for indoor and outdoor malls, offices with employees unable to work from home, and outdoor museums were revealed at Newsom’s latest press conference.

When those guidelines can be implemented will depend on individual California counties. Some areas have already accelerated their approach to reopening.

OC’s largely runs parallel to the state with the county still in a limited stage two that only allows for curbside service of some retailers, manufacturing and logistics providers. Malls, car washes, tanning salons, landscape gardening, dining in at restaurants, outdoor museums and schools are part of an expanded restrictions lift in stage two.

The guidance suggests, among other things, mall owners create designated pick-up areas with signage to encourage social distancing, have no more than 50% capacity, leave doors open when possible, instruct security to implement distancing among visitors and close off play areas for children.

The guidance also suggests malls close indoor breakrooms for workers and move those areas outside. Frequent cleaning with EPA-approved solutions are also outlined.

The full guidance for shopping centers from the state can be found here.

Go here for more updates on OC companies’ responses to the coronavirus.

For ongoing, in-depth coverage of the coronavirus’ effects on OC businesses, see the Monday print edition of the Business Journal.


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