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Yuba Sutter Mall becomes first mall in California to reopen during pandemic

With support from Yuba and Sutter County governments, the Yuba Sutter Mall became the first mall in the state to reopen to the public.

Posted: May 6, 2020 11:35 PM
Updated: May 7, 2020 10:59 AM

YUBA CITY, Calif. - Today the Yuba-Sutter Mall became the first mall in the state to reopen its doors.

Inside you'll find hand sanitizer stations at every entrance a restricted access to water fountains.

These are some of the protocols the mall made to reopen.

The mall is owned by Ethan Conrad Properties and Senior General Manager Natasha Shelton says, "With the full support of the counties and following public health recommendations, we made the decision to open. It was certainly not our plan to be the first mall in California to open. It just worked out that way.

It's been two months since the mall shut down.

"We're really excited to give our tenants a chance to get back to business. They've been impacted financially severely so this has been a great opportunity for them," says Shelton.

Today was just a soft reopening. Most of the stores at the Yuba-Sutter Mall are still closed but that's expected to gradually change as the week progresses.

Some stores are waiting to secure enough PPE for their employees, while others are waiting on their corporate office to give the okay to reopen.

Some shoppers expressed concerns.

Ian Wild says, "It's pretty crazy that they're opening this because what if it comes back twice as bad because they're opening everything maybe too early?"

A question that didn't phase others.

"It feels absolutely amazing getting to bring the kids out, letting them jump, and being able to walk around and support local businesses that have struggled terribly through this," said shopper Julia Belza.

Others came prepared with a set gameplan.

Marissa Bachman and two of her daughters entered the mall knowing just what to do.

"We're ready to boost the economy. I have my hand sanitizer and she knows not to touch anything unless we're buying it," Marissa said with a laugh.

Governor Gavin Newsom says Yuba and Sutter counties reopening now is a big mistake, but Shelton says they're being proactive to limit concerns.

"We're really trying to create an environment that our customers are safe, feel safe, and healthy to shop in so that's what our goal is right now," said Shelton.

She added,"I think so far today the opening's been great. Everybody's been following social distancing. I see a lot of masks. Individual retailers are also taking it upon themselves restricting the amount of traffic coming into the stores so that's been a great thing to see too."

Ethan Conrad Properties also owns the Chico Mall. The company hasn't announced any plans to when the Chico Mall will reopen.

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