By Danielle Seat | May 1, 2020 at 5:47 AM EDT - Updated May 1 at 9:22 AM
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - As restrictions ease across the state, shopping malls across the Lowcountry are beginning to reopen their doors to shoppers.
Gov. Henry McMaster issued an Executive Order for some Retail Businesses to re-open in South Carolina on April 20. Tanger was the first of the malls to re-open.
But as of Friday, two Tri-County malls, Northwoods Mall and Citadel Mall, are now taking the governor up on that with slightly limited hours. And although the malls are open, it is completely in the hands of the individual retailers to open their doors. So many store will remain closed.
Shoppers will notice some differences around the malls and more store open. Northwoods Mall and Tanger Outlets management staff and vendors will be required to wear masks while in common areas, public spaces or when others are present, except when eating or drinking. And they will prohibit groups of more than 10 people congregating in common areas.
Northwoods Mall will also be requiring all mall management staff, security and janitorial staff to undergo a temperature check upon the start of each shift.
Hand sanitizing stations are expected to be more prominent on all the properties as well.
The three malls will reopen with shorter hours:
- Northwoods Mall will open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
- Citadel Mall will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
- Tanger Outlets will open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
Tanger Outlets also says they are currently working with their retail stores to assist in reopening plans, including designating central areas for curbside pickup opportunities. And their official re-opening “Welcome Back Event” will be May 8.
All three of the malls say that the common areas, including the food courts and children’s play areas will remain closed until further notice.
Copyright 2020 WCSC. All rights reserved.
Photo: Live 5 News