Mall of America reopens after coronavirus shutdown, with 150 of 500 stores in operation

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The Mall of America resumed operations on Wednesday, almost three months after the Minnesota tourist attraction closed due to the coronavirus.

About 150 of the 500 stores in the suburbs of Minneapolis in Bloomington have reopened their doors to a new shopping experience that included signs promoting social distancing, reduced seating, contactless hand sanitizers and plexiglass dividers in the payment areas.

The mall, the country’s largest, originally planned to reopen on June 1, but pushed it back due to protests in the twin cities following the death of George Floyd.

Buyers are walking through the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, Wednesday.
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One of the first buyers, Raekwon Martin of Bloomington, told the Star Tribune that he wanted to be one of the first people online.

The Mall of America reopened on Wednesday for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak.

The Mall of America reopened on Wednesday for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak.
(Emilie Richardson / Bloomberg via Getty Images)

“I’m used to coming here every week, but in the past few months I’ve gotten used to the disappointment,” said Martin. “It feels good to be here again and to beat the wave. “

Social distancing markers seen on the ground at the Mall of America on Wednesday.

Social distancing markers seen on the ground at the Mall of America on Wednesday.
(Emilie Richardson / Bloomberg via Getty Images)

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Minnesota has recorded nearly 29,000 cases of COVID-19 and more than 1,200 deaths from coronavirus disease.

On Wednesday, the state authorized reopening of fitness centers, bowling alleys and certain other activities, under social distancing rules and other restrictions.

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