OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Nebraska Crossing now says its soft opening, originally planned for last Friday, will take place this Friday.
The retail outlet mall remained closed to the public on April 24, the day initially planned for the soft opening. Instead, employees got the stores ready for business.
On its Facebook page, Nebraska Crossing issued social distancing guidelines and expectations, adding that individual stores will decide whether to open on May 1.
Nebraska Crossing owner Rod Yates was met with criticism after announcing plans to re-open, with many questioning if the mall can re-open safely amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Hundreds of people have signed a petition urging Nebraska Crossing to remain closed to the public.
According to the outlet mall's re-opening plans, hand sanitizing stations will be available. Additionally, Nebraska Crossing will provide surgical masks for those who don't have proper Personal Protective Equipment and would like to wear a mask.
Infared non-touch thermometers will also be made available for consumers who want their temperatures taken.
Nebraska Crossing says their temporary hours of operation in May will be Monday - Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
After 30 days, Nebraska Crossing will re-evaluate the shorter operating hours.