Daily Herald: University Place opens up outdoor activities

While the doors have been continually open at University Place during COVID-19, outdoor activities have been postponed, until now.

Outdoor events have resumed at The Orchard at University Place, a 120-acre, mixed-use development project, with special consideration to participants’ safety and those working at the shopping center, according to Amanda Butterfield, spokeswoman.

“Events have been adjusted to be entertainment based – including concerts, magicians, etc. – and are on a stage, so spectators can watch safely while maintaining social distance,” Butterfield said. “Guests are asked to bring their own chairs or blankets to sit on, wear masks and stay 6 feet apart between household groups.”

For those who would like to take in some shopping, all of the shops and restaurants at University Place are open and following safety protocols recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

“We want guests and employees to feel as safe and comfortable as possible while visiting University Place,” said Rob Kallas, general manager of University Place. “We have increased cleaning in the common areas so furniture and high-touch points are wiped down frequently and on a regular basis, hand-sanitizing stations and signs with the CDC guidelines reminding folks to wear a mask and social distance are placed throughout the property. Also, tables and chairs in our food seating areas and within The Orchard have been spaced out, and at every event we have a booth where we distribute masks and hand sanitizer.”

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