Coronavirus: How malls are making it safe for shoppers under alert level 2

For people who aren't fans of online shopping or not wanting to wait days for deliveries, soon they'll be able to head straight to their local mall. 

Retailers at Auckland's Sylvia Park were back at work on Friday preparing for alert level 2. 

But when they do open, things will look a little different. 

"We'll have staff walking through the centre making sure that there's no queueing or if queueing is necessary that it is safe; it is 2m distances," Sylvia Park centre manager Helen Donald said.

Sylvia Park has installed hand sanitiser stations at each entrance and throughout the mall. Cleaning will be ramped up so every surface, toilet and parents room is regularly disinfected. 

And there'll even be fogging - a top to bottom clean to kill any unwelcome germs. 

"It's got to be safe for customers to come back," Donald said. 

In the food court, most of the tables have been taken out and those that remain are metres apart. 

And if you're someone who likes to sit and have a rest mid shop, there'll be none of that. Seats will be removed to avoid people congregating. 

Malls are still waiting on clearer guidelines from the Government about how many people will be allowed in at once and it will be up to staff in each store to make sure rules are being followed so people can safely shop until they drop - one metre apart. 

But people hoping to head to the movies are out of luck. Hoyts will remain closed until at least July while it waits for Hollywood to release new movies that have been put on hold. 

"It's been the first time in 111 year history that we've had to mandate and close all our cinemas and unprecedented territory of having to put the business into hibernation," said Paul Wood, Hoyts general manager of operations.

While there will be no movies for some time longer, other retail stores can't wait to re-open their doors.