Virus Keeps Black Friday Crowds Thin, Shoppers Shift Online

The CDC has labeled shopping in crowded stores during the holidays a “higher risk” activity and says people should limit any in-person shopping.

  • Published 27 November 2020
Black Friday shoppers wear face masks as the leave Saks Fifth Avenue flagships store empty handed, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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NEW YORK (AP) — The raging coronavirus pandemic kept crowds thin at malls and stores across the country on Black Friday, but a surge in online shopping offered a beacon of hope for struggling retailers after months of slumping sales and businesses toppling into bankruptcy. In normal times, Black Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year, drawing millions of people eager to get started on their holiday spending. But these are not normal…

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