In the state address done yesterday by the president about the phased easing of the lockdown the president directed shopping malls to remain working while leaving arcades closed but most people didn’t get the difference between the two.
We have compiled an article to clearly date the difference between the two and these are as follows;
A shopping mall is a specially built covered area containing shops and restaurants which people can walk between, and where cars are not allowed. It contains a variety of stores which are well spaced.
In Uganda the best examples of shopping malls include Acacia Mall which is located in Kololo, The Boulevard which is situated at Jinja road, Victoria Mall, Oasis Mall and many others.
An arcade is is building that consists of too many shop units closely attached to one another and the only spaces their are walkways and staircases.
Good examples include Nabukeera Arcade, Mukwano Arcade and Easy View Complex in Mbarara.
These shopping malls have been allowed to operate starting from 4th June under guided standard operating protocols.
The shops within the malls will be allowed to take in two customers at a time on addition to the wearing of masks and sanitizing. The rest of the customers can line up outside still observing the four meter distance rule
Arcades have been advised to remain closed for the next 21 days since they don’t have enough space to observe the four meter rule and curfew remains at 7pm.