Gurgaon malls reopen, low footfall on Day 1


Thermal scanning of all clients, automated hand sanitiser dispensers at entrances, PPE kits and face shields for safety employees, digital menus to be seen on telephones at eating places — a number of security measures are in place at malls in Gurgaon, which reopened their doorways Wednesday after a three-month shutdown amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Malls, nonetheless, reported a low footfall, with solely a gradual trickle of shoppers by means of the day. Whereas some clients mentioned they needed to benefit from gross sales at clothes shops, others mentioned they needed to see and check out earlier than spending cash.

Ashish Sood (43), a resident of Sector 53, mentioned, “I wanted a pair of footwear however the model I store from is barely costly, so I didn’t suppose it was a good suggestion to get them organized on-line. I’ve come right now to make that buy… I don’t intend to enterprise out often however seeing the precautions in place, I received’t be reluctant to step out.”

Officers at completely different malls within the metropolis mentioned this latter sentiment would echo amongst different clients as effectively, and assist construct confidence. Though conceding that footfall on Wednesday remained a lot lesser than standard, they mentioned they count on issues will enhance within the coming weeks.

“That is the primary day and the state of affairs shouldn’t be regular, so we can’t count on footfall to be what it was three months in the past. Nonetheless, the pattern has been passable; we noticed many purchasers round 2 or 3 pm. Folks got here to buy cosmetics, many visited clothes shops and meals shops,” mentioned an official at Atmosphere mall.

At MGF Metropolitan Mall on MG Highway, officers mentioned issues had “deliberately” been saved gradual on Wednesday, to evaluate preparedness of various shops.

“At the moment is the primary day and we have now not even marketed re-opening but. The administration was extra targeted on seeing how many individuals will open shops, and on checking that those that open achieve this whereas following the norms. Most of our retailers have opened, solely 7-8% are closed. They too are planning to re-open however it isn’t simple; plenty of them have employees points as a result of individuals went house in the course of the lockdown…,” mentioned Aman Bajaj, member of the MGF Metropolitan Mall Affiliation.

He mentioned he expects footfall to construct up in one other week: “Folks have been caught at house for 3 months. The place can they go in the event that they need to enterprise out — theatres are closed, the temperature is so excessive that going to markets shouldn’t be a lot of an choice. In one other week or so, we count on individuals will achieve confidence after which come.”


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