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LA Area Malls Are Starting To Reopen

People walk in a mostly empty The Grove shopping center Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Stores can now open at 50% capacity. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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Malls across L.A. County are reopening this week after Mayor Eric Garcetti's Tuesday announcement that in-person retail can now resume at 50% capacity.

At least 13 stores will open today at the Citadel Outlet in Commerce, one of the county's largest outdoor malls. The shopping center prepared for the reopening with plans for frequent sanitizing and physical distancing.

The Citadel in Commerce reopened May 28 for in-person shopping. (Chava Sanchez/ LAist)

Clara Tsang, a spokesperson for the Citadel, said the mall managers are "making sure all tables, all benches, even our bathroom sinks are placed 6-feet apart for everyone."

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Retail employees will be required to wear gloves — and even face shields — when interacting with customers. They'll also have to go through daily temperature checks before clocking-in for their shift.

People wearing face masks walk around Citadel Outlets on their first day of reopening. (Chava Sanchez/LAist)

Westfield Malls won't be far behind. Westfield Century City will be the first to open its doors this Saturday, May 30. The Westfields in Culver City, Santa Anita, Sherman Oaks, Topanga, and Valencia will follow shortly after, reopening on June 3.

Hours at the Westfield malls will be limited though:

  • 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays
  • Noon to 6 p.m on Sundays.

Mall employees will follow county and state guidelines, which require face coverings and social distancing.
The Glendale Galleria opens today.

Hours are:

  • 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday
  • Noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays

The Galleria will have newly installed hand-sanitizing stations, touch-free purchasing options, "frequent and intense cleanings" and social distancing directions. The food court seating will remain closed, as per rules on sit-down dining, but take-out is an option. Here is a list of the mall's open stores .

At the Caruso shopping centers, including The Americana and The Grove, stores are reopening on a case-by-case basis.

We think shopping now will be just like the below gif, except Cher would be wearing a face mask and (maybe) not smiling, but who would be able to tell?

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