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The largest mall in Canada is open again and here's what it looks like inside

Canada's largest mall and site of adorable penguin adventures has finally reopened to the public but things aren't quite businesses as usual.

In what is one of the surest signs that things are slowing returning to 'the new normal', the West Edmonton Mall has reopened with an abundance of health and safety measures.

The mall officially reopened on May 15 and has been posting updates on its social media outlining that shoppers can expect upon their visit, including the introduction of Shelly the sea lion who's there to help shoppers adhere to the new rules.

"This is Shelly. Shelly follows the directional signage. Shelly sanitizes her hands. Shelly makes sure she maintains her social distance. Shelly is safe. Be like Shelly," it said.

Signs and decals are stationed around the massive space that indicate directional cues meant to help with social distancing.

"Don't forget we highly recommend wearing a mask, using hand sanitizer and washing your hands as often as possible."

Parts of the mall remain closed, however, like Galaxyland, the mall's huge in-house theme park. "Currently no attractions are open to the public at this time," it said.

At some stores, like the Apple Store, there are lines to get in.

The mall was able to welcome shoppers back under Aberta's Stage 1 of reopening, but according to the mall's website, only some retailers have remain closed, while others are offering curbside pickup and shopping by appointment.

Other modifications include food court seating reduced to 50 per cent and food court trays removed while "tenants will be asked to maintain the grab and go approach to reduce touch points."

Lead photo by

West Edmonton Mall

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