LAKEWOOD – Officials with the Chautauqua Mall are now working on a plan to reopen following the COVID-19 shutdown.
Sharon Bennett, the area marketing director with Washington Prime Group who operates the mall, tells WNYNewsNow they are working on a plan to keep shoppers safe.
“We are working on all the requirements that have to be put in place to keep people safe,” said Bennett in an email Thursday.
Bennett declined our interview request, citing she did not have enough information on the reopening process at the moment.
On Wednesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that malls could reopen on Friday, as long as they have a special type of air filter installed.
Experts say the fine media of the filters helps capture particles down to 300 nanometers, or 0.3 microns. These filters can help capture 95 percent of those particles.
They say the order from the Governor requiring high efficiency filters in malls has to do with the amount of time people spend there.
Of course, people still need to wear a mask and try to keep six feet away from each other.