Photos: Closed for months, malls and casinos reopen in Los Angeles County

A woman looks at a window display including a sign saying "Stand United."
A woman looks at a window display including a sign saying “Stand United” at a store at Westfield Santa Anita mall in Arcadia on Oct. 6 as indoor shopping centers were allowed to reopen in L.A. County.
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Over the last two weeks, a number of businesses in Los Angeles County have resumed operations for the first time in months. Breweries, wineries, card rooms and playgrounds were allowed to reopen outdoor operations, nail salons got the go-ahead to reopen indoors with limitations, and on Wednesday, indoor shopping malls were given the green light to reopen at 25% capacity.

The vast Beverly Center was busy but far from crowded Thursday afternoon, the second day of its third pandemic reopening since March. Many of the designer brands that make the mall a tourist destination now feature velvet ropes at the door and beefed-up security, while retailers such as Zara and Forever 21 have emerged with slimmed-down collections and limited inventory.

Mask notices were taped to every storefront, with hand sanitizer stations nearby.

The mall itself has been significantly reordered since it last shut down July 14. Gone are seats and interactive displays, as well as many cafes and restaurants, per state guidelines. A new personal protective equipment vending machine with face masks, hand wipes and flushable toilet seat covers was installed near the sixth-floor concierge desk.

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Beverly Center

A masked shopper holds his fingers in a peace sign at the Beverly Center.
“Trying to shop till I drop,” said Kevin Romero, 27, center, as he and other shoppers returned to the Beverly Center on Oct. 8 after Los Angeles County eased restrictions.
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An employee waits on customers at the Apple store at the Beverly Center
An employee waits on customers at the Apple store at the Beverly Center.
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A shopper rides an escalator at the Beverly Center.
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Shoppers socially distance themselves while waiting in line enter a store at the Beverly Center.
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A shopper walks past a vending machine that sells N95 masks and other protective equipment against COVID-19 at the Beverly Center.
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Gardens Casino

Craig Phillips sanitizes a plexiglass partition between gamblers at Gardens Casino.
Employee Craig Phillips sanitizes a protective partition between gamblers on Oct. 5 in front of Gardens Casino in Hawaiian Gardens, where 45 card tables were set up.
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Maria Gloria and Francisco Sanchez apply hand sanitizer in a parking lot at Gardens Casino.
Maria Gloria Sanchez and her husband, Francisco Sanchez, of La Habra apply hand sanitizer before entering Gardens Casino.
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Banker Fernando Martinez, left, looks at his hands before applying hand sanitizer at Gardens Casino.
Banker Fernando Martinez, left, gets ready to apply hand sanitizer while working at a baccarat table set up in what used to be the valet area at the Gardens Casino.
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Westfield Santa Anita

A woman in a mask carries a shopping bag at Westfield Santa Anita mall in Arcadia.
Customers return to indoor shopping at the Westfield Santa Anita mall in Arcadia on Oct. 6.
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Floor signs with arrows and footprints are spaced several feet apart to encourage social distancing.
Signs on the floor remind shoppers to practice social distancing at Westfield Santa Anita mall in Arcadia.
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A thank you sign and hand sanitizer station greet shoppers at the Westfield Santa Anita mall.
A sign thanking essential workers and a hand sanitizer station greet shoppers at Westfield Santa Anita mall in Arcadia.
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