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Coronavirus: Shopping malls reopen Friday in Greater Montreal region

Coronavirus: Montreal shoppers stay away from malls on day one of opening
WATCH: Shopping malls in the Montreal region opened on Friday, three weeks after they opened in the rest of the province. Global's Felicia Parillo visited Fairview Mall in Pointe-Claire to see how things have changed.

Shopping malls in the Greater Montreal area are reopening on Friday after being closed for close to three months due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

In the first phases of deconfinement, stores with street access were able to open, while those without street access had to remain closed a little while longer.

READ MORE: Shopping malls in the greater Montreal region to reopen on June 19

All shopping centres and stores will have to implement COVID-19 prevention measures recommended by public health.

These measures include limiting the number of customers in a store, physical distancing and “a single direction of circulation,” according to a press release from the government.

Quebec recorded 167 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Friday and 35 more deaths, bringing the total death toll to 5,375. On Friday the City of Montreal extended its state of emergency to June 23 as the metropolis continues to be the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak in the province.

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— With files from the Canadian Press and Global News’ Alessia Maratta