Mall of America is set to reopen Wednesday after closing in mid-March to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The largest mall in the U.S. was scheduled to open earlier this week, but decided to postpone the date after protests erupted over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was pinned to the ground with a white police officer’s knee on his neck for nearly nine minutes in Minneapolis.
The Minnesota-based mall, which has been closed since March 17, announced on its website it will reopen on June 10.
Some changes the mall has incorporated when reopening:
- Floor markings have been installed to follow social distancing guidelines.
- The cleaning frequency has been increased.
- Food court and common area seating have been rearranged to account for social distancing.
- Additional touchless hand sanitizer stations have been added.
- Shopping hours have been reduced to allow for deep cleanings.
- Plexiglass dividers have been installed.
The mall will operate under reduced hours from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced Friday the state would lift more business restrictions. Mall of America receives around 40 million visitors every year, generating nearly $2 billion, per its own website.
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