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Mayfair Mall, tenants prepare to reopen

Posted at 4:58 PM, May 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-19 18:23:04-04

WAUWATOSA — Mayfair Mall and certain businesses are preparing to reopen Wednesday morning.

Mall leaders say to expect hand sanitizing stations, touch-free interactions, increased cleaning, social distancing directions, and adjusted hours.

A spokesperson says face masks will be recommended and the security team will provide a mask upon request. It is up to individual tenants to decide whether to require customers to wear a face covering.

Restaurants will continue to offer curbside and delivery service only.

"Everybody has to understand the situation," said Abdelkhalek Azzab, Owner of Egyptian International Art.

Abdelkhalek says his store has been a fixture at Mayfair for years, and he will have masks for customers.

"And I have a limit for people to come to the store. I said if I have five customers. Good enough," said Abdelkhalek. He added that employees will monitor the number of customers inside their shop and ask people to wait if they have to.

But it will be a little longer before Christine Pugel and her team at treat street are back up and running.

"We have to make everything so it takes several days over a week to even get operational again," said Christine.

The gourmet snack shop also needs to sort out the changes they will make to the store, from where they place products to if they will require customers to wear a mask.

"It kind of leaves us in a scary point because we don't know what's going to happen. We don't know how anything is going to change throughout all of this. So we're testing out the waters," said Christine.

This all comes as Christine's father remains hospitalized with the virus. She is concerned some people will not take the precautions seriously.

"I'm putting my faith in everyone because everybody's in this together. So everyone has to take those little steps and it can make a huge difference," said Christine.

Some outside vendors were concerned about working in the mall.

Before the pandemic, Jackie Krupa says she paid Beer Me. Waukee to participate in a mall event in early June.

"So I feel like I'm supposed to go, but at the same time, it's just not worth the risk," said Jackie.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Evan Nevles with Beer Me. Waukee said they had planned on spacing out vendors, but after consulting with mall management said the event was canceled.

Mayfair says a full list of open retailers will be posted to their website Wednesday morning.

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