Are we exposed to civil rebellion? The Azrieli Malls Group and the Melisron Malls Group (Ofer Malls) plan to open on Friday, contrary to the guidelines, the Ayalon Mall, the Kryon, the BS Grand Mall, the Petah Tikva Grand Mall and the Modiin Mall.
Some chains have announced that they will open stores in order to meet the demand for winter clothing and to release inventory. Other chains such as Castro and H&M have announced that they will not open the stores in violation of the guidelines. This is despite the fact that malls undertake to maintain an outline that requires a limited number of shoppers in the store and keeping distance. The concern is receiving fines as well as image damage.
The guidelines, it will be recalled, allow the opening of open shopping complexes only. On Thursday evening, the director general of the Ministry of Health, Prof. Hezi Levy, referred to the intention of some malls to hold a "rebellion" and open their gates to the public, contrary to tomorrow's instructions: "This is not the time to open malls en masse. We are going to a pilot that will include several malls in several places, to see if there is an ability to control the number of shoppers entering the stores and the ability to locate them. "
The CEO's remarks come a day after the Corona Cabinet approved an increase in the maximum allowable occupancy in a street store and in a store operating in a shopping complex according to the size of the store. As approved, the number of customers allowed will be determined people. In any case the allowable occupancy will not be less than 4 people as approved so far.
The malls have been closed since the beginning of the second closure. Street shops opened last week and shopping centers opened this week. Long lines lined up in front of the shops. For example, it was at the Big Centers that opened on Tuesday.
At the Big complex in Be'er Sheva, customers raided the stores after two months in which the open center was closed - but had to wait in long queues as each store could only accommodate four customers. Some stores even put up fences to prevent crowds of visitors - but that didn't help either. Customers had to wait more than two hours outside the stores to enter, and within a short time quarrels, shouting and even real confrontations developed.