(WWJ) Ready to shop again, and not just for groceries? A couple of malls in metro Detroit have plans to reopen for the first time since shutdowns due to COVID-19.
Starting this Thursday, May 28, Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi and Great Lakes Crossing Outlets in Auburn Hills have announced they will operate a limited schedule — with limited stores open, too — Mondays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Both malls will also be open Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
All shoppers are encouraged to check with anchor stores and restaurants as their operating hours may vary, and with individual stores to see if they are participating and to ask if you need an appointment.
Mall officials say they have a plan in place, including cleaning and disinfecting throughout the day. They are also encouraging shoppers to wear masks and say they will comply with all local, state and federal laws and mandates.
The move comes after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last week issued a new executive order allowing retail stores to reopen, providing they only let only 10 customers in at a time and comply with other health guidelines.
The following are some the steps Twelve Oaks and Great Lakes Crossing mall management say they are taking "to place customer health and safety above all else":
• Cleaning and disinfecting the center throughout the day, and after-hours, with a focus on hightouch, high-traffic surfaces
• Using a stronger disinfectant when available
• Encouraging the use of masks where it is not already mandated by local, state or federal laws
• Using signage and decals to help customers with social distancing
• Offering hand sanitizer at designated stations
• Closing play areas
• Turning off drinking fountains
• Removing furniture and/or resetting seating areas in our common areas and food courts to allow for greater social distancing
• Removing trays from our food courts to reduce the number of high-touch surfaces