Cuomo: Malls can open in Phase Four regions Friday with enhanced HVAC filtration in place

Posted at 12:04 PM, Jul 08, 2020

NEW YORK (WKBW) — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday malls in Phase Four regions can reopen Friday July 10 with enhanced HVAC filtration systems and measures in place.

Cuomo said for the malls to reopen it must have a MERV-13 filter on its HVAC system, or the highest the system is compatible with, but it can be no less than MERV-11.

Ventilation protocols must also be in place such as increased outdoor air, reduced air recirculation, longer system run times and frequent filter checks.

Below is statement from Pyramid Management Group, Walden Galleria's parent company.

"The Governor’s announcement was great news for Pyramid’s tenants, their employees, our own employees, and all of the people living in the communities where our properties are located. With proper precautions in place and health and safety a top priority, we look forward to restoring our centers to their dominant positions as the economic drivers of their respective regions.

We applaud New Yorkers who have been adhering to social distancing guidelines under extremely difficult circumstances over the past four months. This has clearly driven the decline of COVID-19 cases across the State. We are ecstatic to welcome them back safely and responsibly to our properties, and pledge to continue to do our part moving forward.

We look forward to re-opening our properties on Friday across New York State."