In my opinion, only one commenter made the most important observation -- stores need to max their safety protocols AND limit customers in the store at any one time, as well as proximity of employees to each other. And of course training and management oversight of both employees and customers. There can’t be any slacking or excuses for weariness.
I forecast that more than even deaths, that many will find that Long Covid symptoms will prove in time to be a big, as of yet uncounted concern. I have several close friends who have serious ongoing symptoms and yet they were never hospitalized nor had any issues pre-Covid. So this is not “flu” and not unlike SARS, the longer term and lingering disease will be found to be quite serious. So I say PROTECT WORKERS and CUSTOMERS and let profits come as they will. Do the right thing.
I agree with those that suggest too many shoppers are not conscientious about maintaining social distancing and wearing masks (masks are key to cutting transmission). So in my opinion as long as Simon “only encourages the wearing of masks...” I believe it is not only a mistake but will lead to increasing infection rates and potentially leading to new “hotspots” and setting us back. This is where I believe mayors, counties and governors should follow the lead of countries like New Zealand and Germany that REQUIRE MASKS and enforce with fines. Let’s get real, “freedom” does not mean one has the right to risk the health of others! That’s why we have speed limits on highways - one is not “free” to drive as they please. So I’m an SPG shareholder that is disappointed.