With COVID-19 precautions in place, thew Newport Centre mall in Jersey City has reopened today, with hand sanitizer stations and health screenings for employees part of their plan to keep patrons safe.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“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,” Newport Centre General Manager Matthew Beyerstedt said in a statement.
“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.”
Some changes include 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 such as protective masks, sanitizing wipes and temperature testing at entrances or property offices will also be available, along with hand sanitizing stations throughout the area.
Additionally, pre-emptive employee health screenings are taking place to ensure that workers do not arrive within 72 hours of exhibiting COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms. They will all also be asked to wash their hands frequently and use PPE.
Social distancing practices will be enforced as well, such as occupancy limitations, furniture and restroom spacing, closure of play areas and strollers, and coordinated traffic flow with distance markers/signage.
The Newport Centre closed on March 19th and are now able to get back to business, along with other shopping centers, following a directive from Gov. Phil Murphy (D).
The Jersey City mall provides over 2,300 jobs, along with $9.6 million of sales tax and $4.1 million in property tax revenue to the state.