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Governor's Square mall employees, shoppers prepare for re-opening

Number of people in mall will be limited
Posted at 7:07 PM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 19:08:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — In less than 48 hours, Tallahassee's Governor's Square mall will reopen to shoppers after being closed due to COVID-19.

The food court, shops and parking lots at Tallahassee's Governor's Square Mall have been empty since March 25 but that will all change this Friday at 11 a.m.

According to a statement from Brookfield Properties, the mall has added hand sanitizing stations, touch free interactions and social distancing directions to keep shoppers safe as they reopen.

Store employees are already hard at work preparing.

"Currently we've just been inside the store just sanitizing the store, cleaning at the store, making sure that it's ready for when the customers come in," said Johny Joseph, a mall employee. "For example, we have the ground taped in order for the social distancing."

Some say they're eager to see another step to life after the pandemic

"I'm looking forward to the stores being back open," said Caroline Fassi, a Tallahassee shopper. "However, I probably won't go shopping right away."

Others agree its better to wait.

"I don't think it's a good idea because everyone's gonna be crowded in there and we're about to have a spike in June or July," said Noah Mathis, a Tallahassee shopper. "And everything is just gonna make it worse."

"That's a place where a lot of people gather and I think if you open it up, just the stir-craziness of everybody is gonna be a huge draw," Tallhassee shoppers Alexa & Latoya Washington said. "I just think it's too soon."

Brookfield Properties says that there will be restrictions in place to limit the number of people in the mall at one time. And as shoppers prepare for Mother's Day Weekend, they say safety is of utmost importance.

The mall will be open Monday through Saturday from 11a.m. to 7 p.m. and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays.