Holiday Shopping? Here's What to Expect This Black Friday
While the traditional mad dash for Black Friday bargains may look different this year, Bellevue’s shopping destinations are gearing up to keep you safe and comfortable.
Across the board, stores in the area must adhere to the latest installment of public health regulations issued by Governor Inslee last week. As a general principle, common areas where folks can mingle are closed, along with reduced occupancy at 25% for storefronts and other personal services to keep you safe.
Bellevue’s largest shopping destination, The Bellevue Collection, will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, but will promptly open Friday morning at 9 a.m. barring any individual storefronts that have announced different hours of operation. Among its improvements to promote a clean, regulated and hospitable environment this Black Friday (and every day), here are a few notable changes The Bellevue Collection has carried out on its premises:
HEATING, VENTILATION & AIR CONDITIONING (HVAC)
- Installation of a sanitizing UV lighting HVAC system throughout Bellevue Square enclosed public areas
- Use outside air to maximize building air quality
- Enforce stringent schedule for air filter replacement
- Hospital-grade disinfectant and electrostatic sanitizing sprayers administered throughout all public areas
- Enhanced cleaning schedules with emphasis on high-touch areas
- Provide reformed cleaning protocol training for all facilities employees
- Employ UV light devices for surface decontamination
GUEST EXPERIENCE AND SAFETY
- Reminders about social distancing guidelines in key locations such as elevators, queuing areas and escalators
- Offer automated and easily accessible hand-sanitizing dispensers placed throughout public areas
- Closure of Kid’s Cove recreation area and other highly trafficked zones to deter congregation
- Reconfiguration of public seating areas and furniture to support social distancing efforts
- Apply floor decals to promote social distancing in necessary areas and manage traffic flow
- Restrooms will be modified to provide appropriate social distancing between individuals
If you're curious to learn more and see how The Bellevue Collection has reimagined the holiday shopping experience, watch our latest Downtown Talks video with Jennifer Leavitt, The Bellevue Collection's chief marketer.
Looking for a luxury experience this holiday season? The Shops at the Bravern are open with enhanced safety measures in place, featuring a curated collection of designer fashion boutiques and dining destinations.
And don’t forget, shop local this season and venture over to small businesses on Main Street! Check out Whisk to upgrade your tired kitchen gadgets and cookware for those meal prep nights at home, or swing by Hedge & Vine for festive furnishings and cozy accents to spruce up your lounge-office-classroom-multipurpose space.
However and wherever you go (or if you stay cozied up at home), we hope you enjoy the season’s ceremonial shopping day safely… get those deals!
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