DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Malls, restaurants and movie theaters can open with reduced capacity Friday in Texas, but not every shopping center is planning to open right away. The businesses can open with 25 percent capacity starting Friday.
The company says food court seating will be limited. Play areas, valet stations and other "high-interaction" areas will be closed. Simon Property Group says floor decals will be placed to "encourage better traffic flow."
Golden Triangle Mall in Denton also plans to open Friday with hours from 11-7 Mondays through Saturdays and 12 pm-6 pm Sundays.
Galleria Dallas says it will open Monday. The mall says it is using the extra time to disinfect the entire building and hire an outside company to review the steps taken to ensure cleanliness.
"We will continue to maintain that level of cleanliness throughout," says Galleria Dallas' Holly Quartaro.
Quartaro says each store will be required to maintain their own capacity at less than 25 percent. She says stores' capacities are set based on their square footage.
The Galleria itself will use parking garage counters to monitor the number of people on the property. Valet services will not be available.
"This is more about being safe and making sure we are providing the space to provide adequate social distancing," Quartaro says.
"I think everyone's excited to be able to open again and get back to doing business, but also a little cautious," Quartaro says. "I think that's okay. I think that's the right place to be."
The operator of Hulen Mall and the Parks at Arlington, Brookfield Properties, says curbside pick-up will continue, but the company does not have a date to reopen for in-person shopping.
"The well-being of our guests, tenants and employees is our highest priority, and we will reopen our centers when we are ready to do so," Brookfield Properties wrote in a statement.