What malls look like as they reopen in Texas, Oklahoma, Indiana

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Shoppers wearing face protection ride an escalator at Ingram Park Mall in San Antonio, Friday, May 1, 2020.

AP Photo/Eric Gay


  • Malls are starting to reopen in some states. 
  • Mall operators have implemented some changes to enforce social distancing and more stringent hygiene practices. 
  • Take a look at what reopened malls looked like in Texas, Oklahoma, and Indiana. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Malls have begun to reopen in certain states that are easing their restrictions on businesses.

Many of these malls are operated by Simon Property Group, the largest mall operator in the US, which reportedly said in an internal memo last week that it was aiming to have 49 of its shopping centers open by May 4. They had been closed since mid-March.

These and other reopened malls look pretty different from their pre-COVID-19 selves, however. They’ve reduced hours, limited capacity, placed markers to enforce social distancing, and required shoppers to wear masks inside stores. 

Here’s what it looks like inside some of the malls that have reopened: 

Ingram Park Mall opened in San Antonio on Friday.

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A shopper wearing face protection walks past a shopper safety sign at Ingram Park Mall in San Antonio, Friday, May 1, 2020.

AP Photo/Eric Gay


Texas is allowing some stores in rural areas to open up to 50% capacity, but most parts of the state are limited to 25% capacity.

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Shoppers wait to enter a store at Ingram Park Mall in San Antonio, Friday, May 1, 2020.

AP Photo/Eric Gay


Source: Forth Worth Star-Telegram

Some stores have stayed closed for the time being.

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Shoppers wearing face protection ride an escalator at Ingram Park Mall in San Antonio, Friday, May 1, 2020.

AP Photo/Eric Gay


Children’s play areas remain shut down.

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Children’s coin operated rides are marked as closed at Ingram Park Mall in San Antonio, Friday, May 1, 2020.

AP Photo/Eric Gay


Penn Square Mall, another Simon property, also opened on Friday in Oklahoma City.

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People wait outside Penn Square Mall for the doors to open Friday, May 1, 2020, in Oklahoma City, as the mall reopens.

AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki


Signs at the entrance directed customer traffic to one side. Only two of the mall’s seven entrances were open, according to the Associated Press.

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A man walks to the doors at Penn Square Mall Friday, May 1, 2020, in Oklahoma City, as the mall reopens.

AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki


Seating capacity in the mall’s food court was also reduced from 600 seats to 170.

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People eat in the food court at Penn Square Mall as the mall reopens Friday, May 1, 2020, in Oklahoma City.

AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki


Employees wore masks and were told to follow the CDC’s recommendations for frequent hand washing.

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A security guard wearing a mask and riding a Segway patrols inside Penn Square Mall as the mall reopens Friday, May 1, 2020, in Oklahoma City.

AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki


NorthPark Mall also opened on Friday in Dallas.

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Amid concerns of the spread of COVID-19, Curtis Sulcer wipes down an escalator for shoppers at the NorthPark Mall in Dallas, Saturday, May 2, 2020.

AP Photo/LM Otero


Employees in masks and gloves opened doors for shoppers and monitored crowds.

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A shopper leaves a Gucci store as others wait to enter at North Park Mall in Dallas, Saturday, May 2, 2020.

AP Photo/LM Otero


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In a sign of the times, a mannequin was fitted with a fashion mask at Dallas’ Highland Park Village Mall, which opened on Friday.

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A mannequin displays fashion masks for shoppers to buy at the Highland Park Village shopping center in Dallas, Saturday, May 2, 2020.

AP Photo/LM Otero


All employees and visitors at the Galleria Dallas were required to wear face coverings.

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A police officer hands young shoppers masks to wear while walking inside the Galleria Dallas mall in Dallas, Monday, May 4, 2020.

AP Photo/LM Otero


Source: Galleria Dallas

Many have chosen to stay home even as some stores reopen.

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Amid concerns of the spread of COVID-19, few shoppers are seen at the Galleria Dallas mall in Dallas, Monday, May 4, 2020.

AP Photo/LM Otero


It was a similarly eerie scene at the newly reopened Greenwood Park Mall in Greenwood, Indiana.

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A shopper walks inside of the Greenwood Park Mall, Monday, May 4, 2020, in Greenwood, Ind.

AP Photo/Darron Cummings


Indiana is allowing retailers and malls to reopen in most parts of the state, as long as residents follow social distancing guidelines and wear face coverings.

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A shopper walks past a marking on the floor inside of the Greenwood Park Mall, Monday, May 4, 2020, in Greenwood, Ind.

AP Photo/Darron Cummings


Hand sanitizer stations at The Woodlands Mall in The Woodlands, Texas, which reopened Tuesday, emphasized the frequency of cleanings.

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A bottle of hand sanitizer sits on a table near an entrance at The Woodlands Mall Tuesday, May 5, 2020, in The Woodlands, Texas.

AP Photo/David J. Phillip


Some stores have blocked off entrances as they’ve reached capacity limits.

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Store manager Natalie Hijazi temporarily closes off the entrance to a Pet Fair store inside The Woodlands Mall to help meet the current occupancy limits in place Tuesday, May 5, 2020, in The Woodlands, Texas.

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