Square One officially reopens in Mississauga
Now that the stay-at-home-order has officially lifted in Peel (Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon) and Toronto, shopping centres (such as Square One) and smaller retailers are permitted to reopen with strict capacity limits.
To abide by public health measures, shopping centres in grey/lockdown zones are using capacity tracking technology and staff stationed at doors to abide by COVID-19 rules that went into effect today (March 8).
Under provincial regulations, stores and malls in Peel, Toronto and other grey regions are required to keep capacity at 25 per cent or below.
Oxford Properties says it has staff at designated Square One entrances to stop people from entering when capacity has been reached.
On its website, Square One says the capacity percentage shown on its site indicates real-time occupancy of the shopping centre based on the maximum allowable capacity under current public health measures.
According to Square One's website, active COVID-19 screening will be in effect at entrances 1, 3, 5, 7, 8 and The Food District main doors. Entrances 2, 4, 6 and 9 will remain closed.
Because Mississauga is still in lockdown, restaurants and eateries inside the shopping centre will be open for takeout and delivery only, as indoor dining is not permitted in grey-zone regions.
Square One says the centre will be open daily from Monday - Sunday, 11 am to 7 pm, but individual store hours may vary.
As far as safety goes, the shopping centre's website says that staff have increased cleaning frequency in high-touch and high-traffic areas, installed signage to reinforce physical distancing, placed hand sanitizer stations throughout the shopping centre, limited capacity in elevators and washrooms, removed some seating to allow physical distancing, suspended valet parking, installed PPE vending machines and decommissioned water fountains, strollers and Smartecartes.
In accordance with city bylaws, shoppers are required to wear a mask or facial covering while inside the centre.
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With files from Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press
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