Easton to require face coverings for customers in common areas; reopening to begin May 12

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Easton has announced new guidelines and requirements as it begins to reopen starting next week.

According to a press release sent Thursday, Easton Town Center and Easton Gateway will begin to reopen in phases starting May 12. Shops will begin to reopen and provide curbside pickup and more than 20 restaurants will operate for delivery and carryout. More are expected in the coming days.

Easton will be closed on Mondays until further notice to allow for deep cleaning. The Town Center will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m.

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East Town Center will also be open for vulnerable populations to visit from 11 a.m to noon from Tuesday through Friday.

Guests and businesses at Easton Town Center will also be asked to adapt to new procedures, which includes "required masks or face coverings for all guests, employees and tenants in common areas (interior and exterior), private offices, parking garages and lots."

Easton said exceptions include those with medical conditions who are unable to wear a mask or face covering and those under the age of 2.

"As a destination that hosts a significant number of people, our face covering requirement is being implemented at this time to diminish the risk of spreading the virus and to protect the most vulnerable populations in our community," they said in the release.

Other guidelines include no gatherings of four or more people grouped together, six feet of social distance throughout the property. People under 16 will also need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times.

Read Easton's complete guidelines for reopening below:

  • All customers, employees, vendors and partners will be required to wear a mask or face covering in common area spaces, while still adhering to six (6) feet of social distance. Exceptions will be made for those with medical conditions who are unable to wear a mask or face covering and those under the age of two.
  • A “No Loitering Policy” of four (4) or more people will be enforced.
  • Code of Conduct: Youth under sixteen (16) years of age MUST be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times.
  • Social distancing signage will be located on escalators, elevators, digital signage and staircases. Grand Staircase in Station Building as well as pathways throughout the Town Center will be restricted to one-way.
  • Seating in public gathering spaces will be separated to maintain six (6) feet of social distance.
  • Public restrooms – No-touch access will be provided and some facilities may be closed off to maintain social distancing.
  • Hand-sanitizing stations will be located throughout the interior and exterior of Easton Town Center and Easton Gateway including high-touch areas such as near ATM machines.
  • Stringent and rigorous daily cleaning and disinfecting of all common areas and high-touch surfaces including restrooms, directories and parking meters will take place.
  • Food providers in the Station Building will be carryout only.

Easton is requiring tenants to abide by the following safety procedures:

  • Face coverings will be required for all employees and guests.
  • All retail tenants will only allow up to 50% occupancy, based on fire code count. Tenants will monitor the count at door to ensure this is adhered to at all times and signage will be posted outside for guests.
  • Tenants will also monitor queuing and ensure a six (6) foot distance between guests.
  • Tenants will leave front doors open to allow for no-touch access and natural airflow and circulation.
  • Tenants will follow daily stringent and rigorous cleaning & disinfecting of space, high-touch surfaces and restrooms.
  • Tenants will provide hand-sanitizing pumps at all transaction locations.
  • Fitting rooms are closed until further notice.
  • Touchless payment options are suggested and curbside pick-up encouraged.

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