South County Center and other malls will reopen Monday

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Photo by Erin Achenbach

Some businesses were forced to close by St. Louis County's March 21 stay-at-home order, but others like the Macy's at South County Center, seen above during the stay-at-home order, voluntarily closed before that.

South County Center and other malls in the St. Louis area, including West County Center, the Galleria and Plaza Frontenac, will reopen Monday when St. Louis County begins to lift its stay-at-home order.

The malls have been closed for roughly two months during the coronavirus outbreak.

The malls are reopening seven days a week. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

The Galleria and Plaza Frontenac, which have the same ownership, both had banner on their websites announcing they are reopening Monday, but didn’t have any more specifics.

Individual store hours and restaurant operations may vary and customers should call ahead to make sure a store is open, the South County and West County malls said on the same message posted on their websites. “The health and well-being of our customers, employees, retail partners, and the communities we serve is always a top priority,” South County and West County centers said on their websites. “As such, we have implemented a number of protective measures to keep our employees, retail partners, and community healthy.”

Mall operators said they are closely monitoring updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and will follow guidelines put into place by the CDC as well as other local health and governmental agencies. ]

“We ask that the public exercise good judgment when visiting the property; including following CDC guidelines for social distancing and hygiene practices. We also ask that anyone with a fever or experiencing other symptoms, to stay home,” the malls said on their sites.

The malls said while vendors and employees in the commons area of the mall will be required to wear masks, it will “encourage” employees at individual stores to wear masks. St. Louis County Executive Sam Page has said that employees are required to wear masks under St. Louis County’s reopening order.

South County Center is taking the following measures for safety, but it says it may add more:

  1. Following all applicable guidelines set forth by local officials and/or health departments.
  2. Encouraging everyone on property to follow social distancing guidelines.
  3. Prohibiting groups of more than 10 people congregating in the mall common area.
  4. Canceling or postponing all mall events until further notice.
  5. Limiting the amount of available food court seating to comply with social distancing guidelines.
  6. Closing the following public gathering areas:
    • Children’s play area
    • Soft seating areas and common area gathering spaces
    • Drinking fountains
  7. Requiring mall management staff to wear masks while in common areas, public spaces or when other individuals are present.
  8. Requiring all vendors and contractors to wear masks in the common areas, public spaces or when other people are present.
  9. Encouraging 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.
  10. Placing hand sanitizer units throughout the property.
  11. Conducting temperature checks on all mall management, security and janitorial staff upon the start of each shift. Requiring that anyone with a fever of 100.4 F or higher and/or anyone experiencing other symptoms return home and contact their health care providers.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.


Find the most up-to-date information from the CDC’s website here.

The Galleria and Plaza Frontenac posted this banner on their websites: