LA malls reopen during pandemic

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At Westfield Culver City, shoppers line up to try to buy rare shoes potentially left behind when the pandemic forced the mall to close. Photo by Angel Carreras.

For the last seven months, Los Angeles County malls have been mostly closed due to COVID-19. But on Wednesday, October 7, indoor shopping malls were allowed to reopen at 25% capacity. Westfield Culver City mostly looked the same, but with closed food courts and plenty of hand sanitizing stations throughout. Most employees were happy to return to work. Others feared contracting the virus and/or the mall shutting down again.