Prepare to social distance at the mall

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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - It's a big step in the economic recovery in Ohio. Local retail stores are starting to welcome back customers.

Stores were shut down to keep employees and customers safe from COVID-19, but they reopened Tuesday. But shoppers should be ready for some changes.

Franklin Park Mall has removed all soft seating and closed its dining area. There are social distancing signage with health and safety guidelines throughout the mall.

Mall adminstrators have put up hand sanitizer stations, located at the entrances and exits of the mall. While face masks aren't required in Ohio, mall representatives recommend wearing one for protection.