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Indianapolis malls reopen today: Here's what shoppers can expect

Castleton Square Mall, Circle Centre Mall, and Fashion Mall at Keystone reopen Friday, May 15
Posted at 10:56 AM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 10:56:04-04

INDIANAPOLIS — All Indianapolis malls will reopen on Friday after Mayor Joe Hogsett's stay-at-home order expires.

Simon Property Group will reopen all three of its Indianapolis malls — Castleton Square Mall, Circle Centre Mall, and Fashion Mall at Keystone — under its "COVID-19 Exposure Control Policy."

"Simon’s enhanced safety protocols have been communicated to all tenants, who are expected to adhere to the same rigorous policies in their tenant spaces," Simon's statement read. "Additionally, the properties have joined forces with local non-profits to support initiatives aimed at assisting those experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19."

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Here are Simon's set of safety protocols while shopping at these Marion County malls:

  • Enhanced sanitization and disinfecting using the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) approved products with an emphasis on high-traffic locations such as dining areas, restrooms, escalators, stairs, directories, trash bins and door knobs.
  • Protective masks, sanitizing wipes and temperature testing at entrances or property offices, as well as the encouragement of pre-visit health screenings to ensure shoppers stay home if they have exhibited COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms within 72 hours.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be deployed throughout the properties.
  • Signage promoting CDC guidelines for maintaining personal hygiene will be prominently displayed throughout the properties.
  • Employee health screening to ensure that employees do not arrive at work within 72 hours of exhibiting COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms.
  • Employee safety protections including implementing the CDC’s COVID-19 frequent hand-washing protocols, and offering personal protective equipment in addition to other CDC recommended practices.
  • Enforcement of social distancing practices, including occupancy limitations, furniture and restroom spacing, closure of play areas and strollers, as well as coordinated traffic flow with traffic signage and distance markers.

"The health, safety and well-being of those we serve will always be our highest priority, and we have developed a thorough and detailed set of protocols highlighting the exceptional measures we’ve implemented to safeguard shoppers, retailers and employees as we reopen,” John Rulli, President of Simon, said. “We also recognize that individuals and families in our communities are suffering significant hardship as a result of both COVID-19 and the economic shutdown, and we believe that reopening our properties will not only help people get back to work during these challenging times, but also enable us to use our properties to further support charitable initiatives."