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Grand Central Mall places focus on cleaning

VIENNA — The Grand Central Mall Friday said it has increased the frequency and intensity “of already rigorous cleaning and sanitation practices” in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus.

“We have a proactive plan in place to address the coronavirus (COVID-19.) We’re actively monitoring the issue and carefully following safety guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention along with federal, state and local health authorities,” the mall said.

Among preventive measures, the mall:

* Increased the frequency and intensity of cleaning and sanitation practices, including periodically disinfecting areas most susceptible to the spread of germs. This includes play areas, public restrooms, rental strollers and wheelchairs, door handles, escalator handles, food court tables and other common area touch points.

* Increased housekeeping staffing, especially during peak traffic times.

* Provided alcohol-based hand sanitizer dispensers at high-traffic areas and walkways for public use. The mall is acquiring additional alcohol-based hand sanitizer dispensers and refills.

* Meeting daily with housekeeping managers and monitoring alcohol-based hand sanitizing product supply to ensure all units are stocked.

* Housekeeping teams have a Pandemic Emergency Preparation Plan in place in English and Spanish.

* Working closely with local health authorities to monitor the evolving situation and further respond as needed.

Based on advice from medical experts in infectious disease, mall guests and employees who are sick are encouraged to stay home and avoid close contact with others.

The mall recommends washing hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and clean running water, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing a nose, coughing or sneezing, including the backs of hands, between fingers and under fingernails. Dry hands with a clean towel or air dry.

As it relates to events hosted at Grand Central, the mall is following the lead of the Centers for Disease Control, local officials and health authorities about the direction and best course of action for large gatherings in public places.

“If we have to modify, cancel or postpone an event, we will communicate updates to our guests as quickly as possible,” the mall said.

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