Fearing that shopping centers will close again if sanitary measures are not respected, the Retail Council of Canada (RCC) asks building owners to tighten the screws and strictly apply the recommendations of Public Health .
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“The Thanksgiving weekend demonstrated that the health control measures put in place by some shopping center owners are clearly insufficient,” notes the president, Marc Fortin.
The CCCD refuses to name faulty donors. However, management confirms that it has recently noticed a lack of customer support in several commercial establishments in Quebec. And some of them are located in red areas.
The CCCD invites owners to improve the measures allowing greater control of traffic at the doors of businesses, in particular with the use of security guards, and to find solutions to limit loitering in common areas.
“In addition to public health issues, the commercial survival of several of their tenants would be compromised in the event of closure,” warned Mr. Fortin in a statement released earlier this week.
The CCCD, which claims not to have heard that the government could close shopping centers, also asks retailers to make an extra effort because of the second wave.
No more surveillance
On the side of Ivanhoé Cambridge, the management affirms to have today a “greater number of security guards” in its properties in order to “sensitize the customers on the respect of the sanitary measures, the social distancing, in addition to helping to keep traffic flowing ”.
Ivanhoé Cambridge mentions in an email that he observed a “good collaboration” from visitors and traders.
In Quebec, the promoter Trudel Alliance has chosen, as soon as it passes through the region’s red zone, all the tables in its food fairs and security teams ensure compliance with standards.
“At Fleur de Lys, not only did we change the mail display to indicate that several food fair counters remained open for orders to bring, but we set up a delivery service with the small train from the shopping center to all traders and employees, ”says spokesperson Mario Daigle.
At Cominar, the furniture in common areas has been reduced in several shopping centers in order to limit loitering. Management says it ensures that the traffic in its establishments allows to respect the recommended distance.