Patrons at Cherry Hill Mall seemed to adjust to the changes quickly.
Isaiah Thomas — not the basketball player — didn’t realize the malls reopened. He drove by and saw all the cars, so he decided to stop in to get some new sneakers.
“I feel good. I’m pumped up, ready to shop,” he said. “It feels like things are getting back to normal.”
The crowd size was relatively normal, and many people shopped while wearing face masks. There is an abundance of hand sanitizer stations, blue circles on the floor to remind people to stand 6 feet apart, and signs telling people to keep a three-stair distance on escalators.
Not every store inside the mall is open either. The food court doesn’t have any tables or chairs set up, and common seating areas are roped off.
However, some food court restaurants are offering takeout — just as Gov. Phil Murphy announced indoor dining in the Garden State is now postponed “indefinitely.”