Malls reopen in Nashville

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Posted at 5:10 PM, May 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-11 19:41:09-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Nashville’s economy is rebounding from the COVID-19 impact. A big part of the road to recovery is the reopening of retail shops and malls.

On Monday, Opry Mills Mall reopened for the first time in nearly two months, which happens to also be the mall’s 20th anniversary.

This is part of Nashville's phase 1 of reopening.

"This reopening provides a much needed economic boost to local community impacted by COVID-19," Jad Murphy said, General manager of Opry Mills Mall, " We provide 2,400 jobs."

Murphy says this will provide a big step towards normalcy, something that we’ve all been yearning for.

But we have to do it safely with social distancing and masks. Murphy says masks will be mandatory for staff to wear and available for customers.

"We are making available protective masks, sanitation wipes, and encouraging pre-visit screenings and encouraging shoppers to stay home if they’re showing any signs of flu like symptoms within the last 72 hours."

At this moment, retailers can only open at half-capacity and there will be enhanced cleaning and disinfecting.

Murphy says Opry Mills mall be reducing their operating hours so they can have more opportunities to clean. Staff will be screened for their temperatures.

The RiverGate mall also opened Monday and the mall at Green Hills will open starting Wednesday.