MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — As of Wednesday, you can now get your retail fix at the malls in Connecticut.
The Connecticut Post Mall was one of the malls to reopen Wednesday. It has been shuttered since March 19 when the pandemic shutdowns began.
Shoppers and staff say they are excited about its re-opening. Some people were waiting at the mall when the doors opened at 11 a.m.
Shopper Mirza Tambir said Wednesday, “It feels great after two months I came back to the mall to see how’s it going.”
They told News8 they couldn’t wait to get things they needed.
Another shopper, Jay Young said, “Some clothes. I need some clothes badly.” Shopper Chloe Cabezas added, “Two stores that are open that I wanted to go to is Cinnabon and Forever 21.”
“Dick’s Sporting Goods will be open…(Wednesday) at 11,” general manager Ken Sterba, CT Post Mall, told News 8 Tuesday. “Boscov’s is opening on Thursday and then Macy’s will be opening on Friday.”
Some people told News 8 Tuesday that they would be at the mall first thing Wednesday, others said it’s too soon.
“It’s been a little bit of a long…too much of a captivity,” said Elsy Cerdeira. “It’s time to open up and go back to normal again.”
“People are still dying, so I don’t think they should open up,” added Doreen Kasper said.
“I feel a little bit apprehensive, to be honest with you,” confessed Cheryl Brantle. “I think it’s a little bit early.”
Not every store is open Wednesday and there is a reduced amount of shoppers in the mall.
“They’ll be counting the shoppers that come into their store to maintain that 50% occupancy,” Sterba said.
Some of the eateries inside the food court are open, but you’ll have to take it and go.
“There’s no eating whatsoever inside the mall,” Sterba explained.
Social distancing is also part of the new mall experience. Everyone is required to wear a mask. Hand sanitizing units are located throughout the mall.
“There are plexiglass dividers between all the sinks and the urinals,” Sterba said.
High-frequency touchpoints will constantly be sanitized, and escalators will have special ultraviolet lights to kill germs.
“Anyone that rides an escalator puts their hands on it, so we, as a company, have decided to invest in UVC Technology that sanitizes the handrails.,” Sterba said.
But with not every store being open Wednesday, some people say they left a little disappointed.
Mirza Tambir said, “I was actually visiting to go to Hollister but it says they [will be] open tomorrow.”
Cabezas added, “Well two of the stores I wanted to go to are closed: Bath and Bodyworks and Justice.”
It’s a different kind of mall experience, but despite the restrictions, the stores are counting the shoppers that come in to maintain that 50% occupancy.
Daryl Hall Said, “Stuff is still not going to be the same I know for like a year on after.”
Some people were just happy to get out of the house.
Jay Young said, “I’m just really happy everything is open now.”
Hall added, “That’s more of the important thing to get out of the house and be able to go somewhere and socialize around other people.”