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WestShore Plaza to reopen on Friday, following Tyrone Square and International Plaza

By May 15, every major mall in Tampa Bay will be reopened.
An exterior look at the WestShore Plaza on March 23.
An exterior look at the WestShore Plaza on March 23. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published May 5, 2020
Updated May 5, 2020

TAMPA — After shuttering because of COVID-19, WestShore Plaza will reopen to shoppers this Friday.

Westshore Plaza is the latest area mall to announce its reopening plans. The Westfield malls in Brandon, Citrus Park and Clearwater have announced they won’t open until May 15, while Simon Property’s Tyrone Square Mall in St. Petersburg opened on Monday and International Plaza in Tampa announced a Wednesday opening.

“We are inspired by the resilience of our community and look forward to safely welcoming back our guests," WestShore Plaza general manager Larry Scollo said in a statement. “We will continue to work with local, state and federal agencies to do all we can in order to contribute to the containment, treatment and prevention of COVID-19."

Related: Malls closed by coronavirus set to reopen in Tampa Bay

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ orders for reopening the state require retailers to operate at 25 percent capacity. The mall will have limited hours, open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Not all tenants will immediately reopen, according to the mall. It advises shoppers to check its website for the status of specific stores.

The mall will require shoppers to stay 6 feet apart. The mall also recommends shoppers wear nose and mouth coverings. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer dispensers will be available to the public and highly touched and busy areas will be regularly disinfected, according to WestShore.

During its reopening on Friday, teachers, first responders and paramedics will get a $10 free lunch voucher.

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