Shopping Centers Reopen

After more than four months of closure due to the covid-19 outbreak, shopping malls in Guatemala received the endorsement to start serving their customers and as of July 31 have reactivated their operations.

Friday, July 31, 2020

With the publication of Ministerial Agreement 187-2020, the Health Alert System for the covid-19 epidemic was made official, which includes four alerts: red or maximum, orange or high, yellow or moderate, and green (new normal).

According to this alert system, shopping centers located in a place that is on red alert will be able to operate at 40% of their parking capacity and only one person per 10 m2 will be allowed in the premises.

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Given the demands of the current commercial reality, the establishments have been prepared with the implementation of cameras that measure the temperature of visitors, counting systems of people entering the mall and delivery of tickets without contact at the time of entering the parking lots.

María José Aragón, manager of the Portales shopping center, told Prensalibre.com that "...'. We have different protocols for disinfection and daily cleaning. Every three hours we are disinfecting the different areas of the mall, including the bathrooms, floors and other surfaces. In addition, we have a disinfection that we do every 90 days, when we completely disinfect the mall, such as railings or electric bleachers, and it is a film that covers the surfaces and guarantees that we are 100% free of bacteria in all areas."

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The article adds that "... The tables have been removed from the food courts in the country's shopping malls. Restaurants will only be able to provide take-out or home delivery service. However, tourist restaurants will be allowed to serve, but at a distance."

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