After responding to the pandemic by temporarily closing its doors, Dallas Market Center has reopened to buyers with healthy and safety regulations in place.
Dallas Market Center features retailers in apparel, home, holiday, and more, making it the only complete lifestyle marketplace in North America. Hosting apparel and interior design markets throughout the year (and next year, the first Dallas WESA), it’s an essential venue for retail buyers.
To help slow the spread of COVID-19, the marketplace has made several changes to their traditional modus operandi and has health and safety suggestions for their visitors.
From the DMC website, on the center’s new precautions:
- “The buildings are undergoing a complete deep cleaning with hospital-grade antibacterial cleaners, including all vulnerable hard surfaces.
- All DMC staff will wear protective masks or face covering.
- All DMC staff will be regularly screened for signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19 and will be sent home for quarantine if exhibiting any symptoms as outlined in the Governor’s standard health protocols.
- Staff entering the facility will wash hands and/or sanitize hands.
- Anyone who has been in contact with anyone ill in the last 14 days, who is feeling ill themselves, or who has symptoms outlined by the Texas Department of State Health Services should not enter the buildings.
- The buildings will maintain daily enhanced cleaning and wide availability of hand sanitizer at dedicated stations and at registration areas. Hard surfaces will be cleaned with hospital-grade cleaners with special attention to doorways and doorknobs, counters, elevators and elevator buttons, floor-by-floor handrails and escalator handrails.
- All staff will observe social distancing of at least 6 feet.
- Our restaurant partner Levy is making plans for their responsible return to DMC but for the time being there will be no food service and Starbucks will not be open. Food deliveries are allowed but you must meet the provider near an entrance.
- We will not be offering valet for the time being.”
From the DMC website, on precautions they encourage buyers to take:
- Medical masks or cloth face coverings are strongly recommended.
- Anyone who has been in contact with anyone ill in the last 14 days, who is feeling ill themselves, or who has symptoms outlined by the Texas Department of State Health Services should not enter showrooms. Details here: http://tiny.cc/0ixenz.
- Social distancing guidelines will be strictly enforced including the following:
- No gatherings in hallways or common areas;
- Observe a six-foot distance between yourself and others, even inside showrooms;
- Respect social distancing in restrooms;
- Wash hands frequently and/or use hand sanitizer supplied at stations through the marketplace;
- Elevators are limited to a maximum of two people at a time;
- Escalators should be used with 3 escalator steps between each person.
- Showrooms have been encouraged to have hand sanitizer visible and functional; and to wipe down all surfaces with antibacterial cleaner regularly.
Thankfully, the building’s general design will aid in social distancing, with its large atriums and wide hallways, and the center is encouraging buyers to call ahead and make appointments for showrooms that they are interested in browsing.
For more information about Dallas Market Center, their upcoming events, and what they’re doing to slow the spread, visit dallasmarketcenter.com.