When can Foothills shopping center stores reopen? It depends
Fort Collins Coloradoan
Some stores at Foothills shopping center were allowed to open for curbside pickup Monday and more will be allowed to do business beginning Friday under strict state guidelines meant to ensure employee and customer safety.
This week, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis transitioned the state from a stay-at-home order to a safer-at-home order, allowing some retailers to get back to work.
But just because they can open doesn’t mean stores will. It will take some time to bring back employees and get supplies. Who opens when at the mall will differ depending on where the retailer is located.
Stores with outside entrances like Macy’s, Ulta and H&M will be allowed to be open if they choose.
Recreation centers, like Foothills Activity Center, must remain closed. For now, the same goes for stores in the enclosed mall that open into the interior hallway, like Victoria’s Secret, Torrid and Van’s, according to state guidelines.
That could change by Friday, however, said Katie O’Donnell, spokeswoman for the Larimer County Department of Public Health and Environment.
“We’re still working through the guidance on reopening,” she said, “but it sounds like the interior might be allowed” to open Friday when the exterior does, “as long as face coverings, social distancing and other requirements are met.”
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When that restriction will be lifted is still up in the air, said Foothills General Manager Patrick Bunyard.
“Dick’s will be open,” he said. “It doesn’t look like Macy’s, H&M, Nordstrom Rack and Ross are ready to open.”
On Friday, retailers can open at 50% capacity or at a capacity that allows them to maintain a 6-foot distance between customers and employees. They must monitor employees for COVID-19 symptoms, require employees to wear masks and gloves, and ensure they can adequately clean and sanitize backroom and retail spaces.
They also must install protective plexiglass screens at checkout counters and provide dedicated hours for people at higher risk of severe illness from the virus, such as the elderly and immunocomprised.
Those that can’t do that can only be open for curbside pickup.
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But even stores that will be allowed to open Friday may not be ready, Bunyard said.
“Many of the larger retailers are opening their stores in phases as they monitor the situation across the country,” he said. “At this time they are not releasing which markets will be opening next. However, I do see stores preparing to be able to open as soon they can.”
Some retailers are waiting for the appropriate supplies to arrive so they can begin implementing the state and county guidelines, he said.
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