Shoppers at both Waterloo Premium Outlets and Eastview Mall were able to take advantage of some curbside shopping on Friday.
That was included in ‘Phase 1’ of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s reopening plan. Officials say a little more than a dozen stores are currently offering curbside service at Eastview.
“I think the benefit they will see is relatively minimal. I think most of our tenants are finding that their labor hours are going to be better spent preparing their store for when the mall opens,” General Manager Mike Kauffman said.
The hope is that this helps the stores plan for the eventuality of reopening.
Precautions are already in place at the mall for employees, which is a big step toward being able to reopen at any point.
“All of our employees well this isn’t going to be obvious, but there will be a protocol for them to either have their temperature taken or some form of a questionnaire answer indicating that they don’t have any symptoms,” Kauffman told RochesterFirst.com. “So we’re really really paying obviously a lot of attention to making sure shoppers are safe and mall employees are safe.”
There are 100 floor signs, and 24 sanitizing stations. Seating space in the food court has also been rearranged.
The hope is that the remainder of the mall would be able to reopen as part of ‘Phase 2’ in early June if all goes well this month.