Over 50 shopping malls reopened in Medellín with thousands of shops reopened in the city starting on June 1. Also, El Hueco in El Centro is open.
After a pilot of opening three malls in Medellín (Oviedo, Gran Plaza and La Frontera Mall) starting on May 25, over 50 malls in Medellín reopened on June 1.
Many of the malls in Medellín have remained partially open during the nationwide quarantine in Colombia, as grocery stores, pharmacies and banks are permitted to be open during the quarantine.
But the malls all follow pico y cedula restrictions when you can enter the malls based on the last digit of your ID. And the majority of the shops in the malls in Medellín have remained closed during the quarantine.
The over 50 malls that reopened yesterday in Medellín are more full-blown reopening of these malls and permit most shops to open. But the food courts and restaurants will remain closed for table service and are only permitted to offer domicilio (delivery) service or take-out service.
Opening malls is part of Medellín starting to lift the quarantine on June 1 and entering a “Smart Isolation” phase of the quarantine.
The 14 Best Malls in Medellín Have All Reopened
We previously wrote about the 14 best malls in Medellín and we confirmed that all 14 of these malls have reopened.
- Viva Envigado – one of the newest malls in the Aburrá Valley located in Envigado, which is reportedly the largest mall in Colombia
- Santafé – one of the largest malls in Medellín located in El Poblado
- Mayorca Mega Plaza – a popular mall in Sabaneta with several outlet shops
- El Tesoro – Medellín’s popular mall with a view in El Poblado
- Premium Plaza – one of Medellín’s largest shopping malls with entertainment on the third floor
- Puerta del Norte – the largest and most popular mall in Bello
- Arkadia – the newest mall in Medellín and the nicest mall in Belén
- Los Molinos – the oldest Western-style mall in Belén
- Oviedo – the oldest mall in El Poblado.
- San Diego – the oldest mall in Medellín.
- Unicentro – the largest and most popular mall in Laureles-Estadio
- Monterrey – Medellín’s technology mall in El Poblado
- Florida Parque – the only Western-style mall in the Robledo comuna in Medellín
- La Central – the only Western-style mall in the Buenos Aires comuna in Medellín
The following table includes details for each of the 14 best malls in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley, including the neighborhood (comuna or municipality) where the mall is located, approximately how many stores and the nearest metro station if the mall is conveniently located within about a five-minute walk from a metro station.
In the above table, we include the anchor grocery store, movie theater and gym (not every mall has all of these) and also other major stores for the best malls in the Medellín metro area.
The best malls in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley all have a big selection of shops, fast-food and restaurants and grocery stores and more.
El Hueco in El Centro Also Reopened
In addition, we confirmed the El Hueco in El Centro has reopened. El Hueco is an area of El Centro in Medellín that is full of thousands of small shops of all types with good prices. This is an area of Medellín where you can find the cheapest prices for almost anything.
El Hueco is an area with a mix of small shopping malls, standalone shops as well as street vendors. This is a big area with reportedly over 80 small centro comercials (shopping centers) filled with thousands of small shops.
However, not all the shopping centers and stores are open in El Hueco but many opened on Monday.
What About Other Malls and Retail Stores
According to Medellín Mayor Quintero, all shopping malls in Medellín that have approved biosafety protocols and have been visited by the Ministry of Health will be permitted to open. And if they have not been visited, they should request this at the mayor’s office.
Regarding other retail shops in Medellín not located in malls, the Medellín Mayor said that a pilot will be conducted to open more businesses and they expect to permit opening all types of retail shops in Medellín on Monday, June 8.
Biosafety Measures for Malls
But there are alternatives if you do not have the app on your cell phone. If you have the app, you will not have to register at the entrance of the shopping center and register at each store. Additionally, reportedly Bluetooth will be used to track if an infected person was with you.
But we confirmed not all malls are using this CoronaApp technology. Some check your ID and may scan your temperature and you may have to register with your ID at the mall and to enter stores. Also, you will be required to wear a face mask went entering a mall.
The Bottom Line: Shopping Malls Reopen in Medellín, Thousands of Shops Reopen
Tens of thousands of shops in Medellín have been closed during the quarantine in Medellín. And most of the shops in the malls in Medellín have been closed during the quarantine.
With the reopening of shopping malls in Medellín, thousands of shops can reopen and a huge number of employees can return to work.
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