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Here's What To Expect At Malls In Toronto & Peel When They Reopen Today

There are new rules and changes you need to know about.

Today, a transition into the grey-lockdown zone will allow retail stores to operate at 25% capacity in Toronto, Peel, and North Bay.

If you're planning to do some shopping at malls in Toronto and Peel, there are some changes you should know about before you head out. 

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"A visit to the mall will be different when our centres reopen and the public should know what to expect," said Bradley Jones, Head of Retail at Oxford Properties, in an emailed statement to Narcity.

The changes at Yorkdale, Scarborough Town Centre, and Square One begin even before you arrive.

Each of these malls has live capacity meters at the top of their websites that inform shoppers of what to expect before they arrive.

You won't be able to enter any of the malls without undergoing a screening process, either, says Simic. To avoid long waits, you can fill out the screening questionnaire ahead of time and present the verification at the door. 

Once you're in the mall, many retail spaces have line management systems. Instead of waiting in line outside the store, you can simply put your name on a waiting list and receive a text when it's your turn to enter.

Procedures are similar over at CF Sherway Gardens, where all guests and employees will be required to answer screening questions prior to entry.

Each of these malls will be using designated entrances only, so you may want to familiarize yourself with those before you go.

Because retail spaces are only running at 25% capacity (including employees), you may encounter lineups like the ones at Vaughan Mills over the weekend.