Black Friday will look very different this year. In the past, friends and family would gather and shoppers would camp outside of stores, eagerly awaiting the chance to get in first and make those deals. Times have changed. This year is anything but normal. With the COVID-19 pandemic stores are offering more deals than ever online, and we advise against unnecessary trips to the store.
During Black Friday shopping, it is strongly recommended individuals do not participate in any traditional Black Friday shopping where customers gather in large groups waiting for the store to open or are in crowded stores for extended times. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention classified “shopping at crowded stores just before, on or after Thanksgiving” on a list of higher-risk activities to avoid. Any large gathering of people poses an increased risk for spreading COVID-19. It is also recommended that people who are at high risk for COVID-19 complications (e.g., people over 65 years of age or with underlying chronic conditions) limit in-person shopping if possible.
If you do plan to visit the stores to shop, here are some safety recommendations to keep in mind:
Before You Go Shopping:
When You Are Out Shopping:
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