Shopping centers will be operating at a limited capacity.

Sarasota malls are setting reopening dates following Gov. Ron DeSantis’ order allowing retailer stores to operate at a limited capacity.


The Mall at University Town Center at Interstate 75 and University Parkway is set to reopen on Wednesday, May 6, at 11 a.m. at reduced occupancy. Curbside pickup is available from restaurants and participating retailers, according to a media alert from the mall.


When it reopens, the mall’s hours will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. To make things safer for shoppers and staff, the mall is closing its play area, encouraging people to wear masks, removing furniture and resetting seating areas in common areas to allow for greater social distancing, offering hand sanitizer at designated stations and opening the mall at 10 a.m. for walkers.


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Restaurant and department store hours may vary, according to the mall.


Westfield Siesta Key and Sarasota Square both will reopen May 15. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The malls are also enforcing social distancing policies, providing more hand sanitizer and hand-washing stations and cleaning more aggressively.


The Ellenton Premium Outlets opened on Monday after being closed since March 19. The outlet mall is taking similar precautionary measures to the ones other malls are taking, but it’s also screening employees to make sure they don’t come to work within 72 hours of exhibiting COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms.


"(We) recognize that individuals and families in our community are suffering significant hardship as a result of both COVID-19 and the economic shutdown, and we believe that reopening our property will not only help people get back to work during these challenging times, but also enable us to use our property to further support charitable initiatives," said Zach Runnels, the outlet mall’s general manager.


Those initiatives include hosting food banks, clothing donations and blood drives on-site.