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McCain Mall, Park Plaza reopens


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Officials announced Friday, May 1, that McCain Mall and Park Plaza re-opened.

McCain Mall information:

(News Release) – McCain Mall today announced that it will reopen May 1. As part of the reopening process, the mall published its comprehensive COVID-19 Exposure Control Policy, developed in conjunction with a team of leading experts in the fields of Epidemiology and Environmental Health and Safety (EHS), in order to deliver an elevated set of safety standards at the property.

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

“The health, safety and well-being of the community 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 for shoppers, retailers and employees as we reopen,” said Lisa Meyer, General Manager at McCain Mall. “We also recognize that individuals and families in our community are suffering significant hardship as a result of both COVID-19 and the economic shutdown, and we believe that reopening our property will not only help people get back to work during these challenging times, but also enable us to use our property to further support charitable initiatives.”

Health & Safety

The mall’s management team rigorously analyzed all aspects of the shopping experience and designed a complete set of safety protocols encompassing the following areas:

· 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.

· Shopper safeguards that include making available 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 property.

· Signage promoting CDC guidelines for maintaining personal hygiene will be prominently displayed throughout the property.

· Pre-emptive 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.

· Promotion and 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.

McCain Mall closed on March 19 in order to address the spread of COVID-19. Reopening provides a much-needed economic boost to the local community impacted by COVID-19. McCain Mall is an important economic engine for the local community, providing more than 1,600 jobs and contributing almost $10 million of sales tax and $800,000 in property tax revenue to the State. These tax receipts fund essential services in communities, including education and infrastructure as well as health and safety services.

“Our property is an integral part of our community not only in terms of shopping, dining and entertainment, but also job creation, small business growth and community support. We look forward to once again serving the needs of our community, and do so in a safe and responsible manner,” said Ms. Meyer.

McCain Mall’s COVID-19 Exposure Control Policy can be viewed in its entirety at >>

In addition to reopening, McCain Mall has joined a national initiative to host food banks, clothing donations COVID-19 mobile testing and blood drives as part of an outreach to 1,300 health providers, government agencies and non-profits.

Park Plaza information:

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Park Plaza mall re-opened today. They will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

Individual store hours and operations may vary. They ask to call ahead to confirm individual retailers’ hours.

Park Plaza has initiated measures in their shopping center:

  • We will follow all applicable guidelines set forth by local officials and/or health departments.
  • Encourage everyone on property to follow social distancing guidelines.
  • Prohibit groups of more than 10 people congregating in the mall common area.
  • Mall events are cancelled or postponed until further notice.
  • Closed until further notice:
  • Food court seating areas (food court tenants are encouraged to reopen for carry-out service)
  • Children’s play area
  • Soft seating areas and common area gathering spaces
  • Drinking fountains
  • Require mall management staff to wear masks while in common areas, public spaces or when other individuals are present.
  • Require all vendors and contractors to wear masks in the common areas, public spaces or when other people are present.
  • Encourage our retailers to provide their employees with masks and that employees wear masks while interacting with others, when in the mall common area or public spaces.
  • Place hand sanitizer units throughout the property.
  • Conduct temperature checks on all mall management, security and janitorial staff upon the start of each shift. Require that anyone with a fever of 100.4 F or higher and/or anyone experiencing other symptoms return home and contact their healthcare provider.
  • Increase the frequency of cleaning and sanitizing all high-traffic common areas with an enhanced focus on all touch points with CDC-recommended cleaning agents.
  • Reach store 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.

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