Non-Essential Tenants Asked to Close at Outlets
LIMERICK PA – As it did Saturday (March 14, 2020) with tenants in its King of Prussia Mall, the Simon Property Group – owner of the Philadelphia Premium Outlets on West Lightcap Road – said it expected “all non-essential tenants” at the Limerick center to close and “adhere to and comply with Gov. (Tom) Wolf’s recommendation” intended to increase social distancing and stop the spread of coronavirus.
Wolf earlier said he considered only supermarkets, pharmacies, and gas stations as essential retailers. Simon, on Friday, initially indicated it would not close the King of Prussia shopping destination but reversed that announcement in less than 24 hours.
Although customers may be scarce at the Limerick outlets as a result of its decision, Simon also added it was “taking extraordinary steps to keep everyone safe and healthy at our center.”
- It said it implemented “an enhanced and comprehensive cleaning program” that includes more frequent deep cleaning with disinfectants approved by the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC). “Increased cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing occurs throughout the day, and throughout common areas of our property, with a particular focus on highly trafficked locations.”
- Disinfecting and sanitizing is completed during non-operating hours to prepare for business the next day. It focuses on mall entrances, restrooms, seating areas, play areas, dining areas, guest services, strollers, trash cans, door handles and knobs, drinking fountains, charging stations, and mall offices.
- Simon noted it also is “advising that anyone who is sick stay at home, and we’ve posted signage at our property to remind our shoppers to follow safety precautions recommended by the CDC, including:
“We recognize this is fluid and dynamic situation,” the outlets owner added. “We are in constant contact with the CDC, (and) federal and local health authorities to ensure we continue to implement the highest quality hygiene and safety measures, and will adjust accordingly as more information becomes available.”
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