Black Friday Shopping during Covid-19

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Yahir Mondragon Ramirez, Staff reporter

Black Friday is right around the corner but Covid-19 will have a big impact on the way we get all these great deals.

Typically with Black Friday comes long lines, campers, and even people fighting for marked down merchandise.  However, this year, due to Covid-19, large crowds are going to have to be avoided but retailers have many ideas so we can still get these amazing deals.

Early cases of Corona Virus were first reported on New Year’s Eve 2019 in Wuhan, China.  This will be the first time Black Friday is affected by Covid-19. However many stores have already found alternatives. Many retailers have ideas to keep the Black Friday experience by adding deals online, offering curbside pickup, and even extending sales.

Some of these online events began as early as November 1 this year to help alleviate crowds in the stores. According to Caroline Biggs from https://www.marthastewart.com/7995301/black-friday-shopping-during-social-distancing-coronavirus-covid-19, we should not wait last minute to shop this year. She states we should, “Plan ahead, but be prepared for wait lists…”

Shoppers will have to behave well this year due to Covid-19 and follow many procedures such as single-file lines, follow signs, avoid contact, sanitize, and keep six feet apart from others. Some stores will still be opening doors at 5 a.m. but are limited to 20% of the store capacity to keep everyone safe. This means longer lines outside stores before being allowed into the store to begin shopping.

Many supply chains are going to be affected and may have problems with the amount of shipments, so supplies might be limited. Many stores such as Walmart, Target, Game Stop, and Home Depot have already started offering sales. So do not wait till the last minute, get shopping for all those great deals.