'We Are Prepared': Woodfield Mall, 3 Others Chicago Area Malls Reopen Friday

Rob Hart
May 29, 2020 - 1:33 pm
Customers shop at a Sears store in Woodfield Mall on July 20, 2017 in Schaumburg, Illinois.

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Shopping malls are starting to lumber back to life.  

After several months of being limited to curbside service, four large shopping malls opened Friday, with several others opening their doors in coming days.

The four malls owned by the Simon Property Group opened at 11 a.m. Friday morning.  Woodfield Mall, Orland Square, Gurnee Mills, and the Chicago Premium Outlet mall are all operating in accordance with a number of guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control.

"We are looking forward to seeing whomever decides to come out, definitely come back into the mall. We are definitely looking forward to it," said Woodfield Mall General Manager Laurie Van Dalen.

Woodfield Mall is operating at reduced hours and reduced capacity. Arrows on the floor direct the flow of traffic. Hand sanitzer stations are placed around the mall.  Most public seating has been removed, and mall elevators are limited to four riders at a time. 

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Social distancing continues in the restrooms, where water fountains and hand dryers are out of service. The food court is still carry-out only and children's play areas are still closed. Face masks are required.

Van Dalen said employees have been working to make sure the safety measures are in line with the latest CDC recommendations.

"Consistently.  All the time. We have new daily routines and we will continue to have those daily routines until there are other changes made," Van Dalen said.

While the mall itself is open, some stores are still closed.  You can find a list of of the stores that are open on the Simon Property Group website.