Bureau Veritas, as a renowned international leader in testing, inspection and certification services, has awarded the “Safe Shopping Certificate” to VIA Outlets. The certification was granted after a complete audit performed in both the public and office areas of the outlet center. During the audit, various aspects were monitored, such as management awareness of Covid-19, knowledge of potential risks,types of quest and employee safety measures including access to proper PPE and equipment, sanitation of the centers and encouraging correct hygiene via advertising in all visitor facilities.
Despite the closure of eight of our outlet centres in March as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, VIA Outlets was able to reopen most of them by the end of April and the complete lot at the beginning of June. In accordance with the Czech government-issued regulations regarding the reopening of shops and services, Fashion Arena Prague Outlet reopened its doors on April 27, 2020. Thanks to its architectural layout, it was possible to reopen a week earlier than any other shopping centre in the Czech Republic. And even then, the company has put into place its own secure shopping protocols. These corresponded with government health and safety recommendations including safety distance measures, sanitary equipment and facilities in all centres and individual shops, queue control protocols and increased frequency of sanitation of all facilities.