Arbor Place to reopen Friday with safety measures in place

Arbor Place Mall in Douglasville plans to reopen Friday with new safety procedures in place. The mall has been closed since late March when shelter-in-place orders took effect.

Arbor Place Mall in Douglasville will reopen Friday after being closed for just over a month due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The mall, which is owned by Chattanooga-based CBL Properties, has been shuttered since March 27 when local shelter-in-place orders took effect.

Arbor Place will have limited hours when it reopens — 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday — and there will be several new safety measures in place, according to an announcement on the mall’s website.

“The health and well-being of our customers, employees, retail partners, and the communities we serve is always a top priority,” mall management said in a press release. “As such, we have implemented a number of protective measures to keep our employees, retail partners, and community healthy.”

Douglasville Mayor Rochelle Robinson said late Wednesday that she had been informed Regal Cinemas will not reopen Friday.

Mall management said in the release it is monitoring updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and will follow guidelines put in place by the CDC and other local health and government agencies.

The mall is asking anyone with a fever or other symptoms to stay home.

Arbor Place is taking several other safety measures, which it says may be adjusted or updated as needed.

Those measures include

• Following all applicable guidelines set forth by local officials and/or health departments.

• Encouraging everyone on property to follow social distancing guidelines.

• Prohibiting groups of more than 10 people congregating in the mall common area.

• Canceling or postponing all mall events until further notice.

• Closing areas in the mall until further notice including food court seating areas, children’s play area, soft seating areas and common area gathering spaces and drinking fountains.

• Requiring mall management staff to wear masks while in common areas, public spaces or when other individuals are present.

• Requiring all vendors and contractors to wear masks in the common areas, public spaces or when other people are present.

• Encouraging retailers to provide their employees with masks to be worn while interacting with others and when in the mall common area or public spaces.

• Placing hand sanitizer units throughout the property.

• Conducting temperature checks on all mall management, security and janitorial staff upon the start of each shift. Anyone with a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher and/or anyone experiencing other symptoms will be required to return home and contact their healthcare provider.

• Increasing the frequency of cleaning and sanitizing all high-traffic common areas with an enhanced focus on all touch points with CDC-recommended cleaning agents.

• Requiring each store and restaurant to follow applicable guidelines set forth by relevant government orders; which could include but is not limited to: occupancy restrictions, social distancing markers in checkout lines, cleaning and sanitizing procedures, and the closure of fitting rooms.

While the mall is reopening Friday, at least one business inside the mall has already been open for a few weeks.

Chick-fil-A at Arbor Place reopened April 13 with its popular curbside service, which includes free food items with each order. Chick-fil-A curbside has moved from the Forever 21/Belk area on the front of the mall to the Regal Cinema side.

Arbor Place joins several other malls in metro Atlanta reopening this week. Lenox Square, Mall of Georgia, Phipps Plaza, Sugarloaf Mills and Town Center at Cobb — all owned by Simon Property Group — are also reopening Friday with the same limited hours as Arbor Place.