Ponce City Market Releases New Property Guidelines as Shops, Restaurants Start Reopening Friday, May 22

While not required, property management is asking guests to wear face coverings, for example.
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As tenants in Ponce City Market (PCM) starting reopening later this week, property management is expecting its shops and restaurants to operate under a new set of guidelines released by the mixed-use, designed “to promote safety and wellness and enhance the overall community experience,” according to a press release Wednesday.

“The guidelines were developed by property management in conjunction with scientists and industry trade specialists, and are based on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (C.D.C.).” 

Those guidelines, listed below, include “encouraging” guests to wear face coverings, but not requiring them to do so.

Restaurants and retailers, including several located in the Central Food Hall, will begin reopening on Friday, May 22 at 11 am., and additional openings are also expected through Monday, June 1.

An exact list of tenant reopenings was not immediately available.

Here are the updated guidelines for the property:

HOURS OF OPERATION: Guests are encouraged to visit the Ponce City Market website to confirm reopening dates, hours of operation, and delivery and pick up schedules for individual locations as schedules will vary during the next few weeks. 

COMMUNITY EXPERIENCE: Signage has been installed throughout the property to maintain compliance with social distancing guidelines, including in elevators, restrooms, common areas, and amenity spaces. Large groups will be discouraged from congregating, and onsite property teams will assist in dispersing crowds. 

HYGIENE AND SANITATION: Janitorial staff has been enhanced, along with sanitation schedules for restrooms; common-area seating and counters; furniture; switch plates; door handles; elevator interiors, buttons, and surfaces; handrails; and other high-risk touchpoints. Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the common areas. 

FACE COVERINGS: Property employees will be required to wear face coverings, and follow the recommendations outlined by the CDC and local health departments. All guests and visitors at Ponce City Market will be encouraged to wear face coverings as well. 

“Since social distancing requirements went into effect in mid-March, the property management team has been working with tenants to modify business operations, and develop personalized reopening plans, that work best for them,” according to the release.

“For example, in addition to establishing curbside pickup and expanded delivery options, the property team has also been leveraging technology partnerships to support retail and food & beverage tenants transition to touchless payment and mobile ordering systems.”

Earlier this month PCM Developer Jamestown announced a $50 million restart effort to assist its small business community develop reopening plans.

PCM joins other local shopping centers that have already reopened including Lenox Square, Phipps Plaza, and Avalon.

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Caleb J. Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak

8 Responses

  1. Can’t imagine how they’re going to successfully control that.
    I also wonder how many customers are gonna want to dive right in to a place like that at this point.
    Good luck PCM!

  2. I am ready to shop, be in parks…wherever at my own risk.
    I wear a mask, wash my hands and do not touch anything.
    I am glad business that can reopen with CDC guidelines can reopen.
    I believe common sense will keep a person safe.
    Happy Thursday

    1. Amen. Staying safe in public is very simple, the trick is that keeping your hands clean and not touching your face is easier said than done. That’s the real benefit of wearing a mask — it reminds you not to touch your mouth/nose/eyes.

      Similarly, the data is overwhelmingly clear that younger/healthier people have virtually no risk to themselves, the trick is protecting the vulnerable people they interact with.

      A little (Swedish) common sense will go a long way towards healing our society.

      1. Wait I thought Sweden has the most deaths per capita in Europe.?.?
        Whatever the case may be, I’m guessing the Swedes have more compassion and common sense than some random bubba from the USA.

        1. I think Sweden only has the highest deaths per capita at this time, not overall. That article was based on a 7-day moving average. There is also an argument – and I have no ability to gauge how valid it is or is not – that a certain amount of deaths is inevitable from this virus, countries only have the ability to affect the timeline on which they occur. Sweden chose to front-load the impact in order to minimize the impact to the economy. And given the emerging information about how damaging a bad economy can be to people’s health (increased mental disorders and suicides, for example), that may actually be the scenario with less overall suffering.

    2. I completely agree. We know enough about this virus now to stay safe while engaging in MOST activities that we normally do. Now it’s completely up to people to actually do those things.

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