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Some stores had Black Friday crowds, despite CDC warning – Business Insider – Business Insider

  • Photos and local news reports indicate shoppers formed long lines outside stores like Best Buy, GameStop, Walmart, and Foot Locker on Black Friday 2020. 
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention classified Black Friday shopping as a “higher-risk” activity due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases across the country. 
  • Still, many malls and outlets appeared to see significantly fewer shoppers this year.
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Some Americans formed long, crowded lines outside stores this

Black Friday
, despite the government’s warning against indoor shopping.

Photos showed people tightly lining up outside Best Buy and GameStop locations early Friday morning, many hoping to score the sold-out PlayStation 5. Lines formed outside other stores, like Walmart and Foot Locker, as well.

Major retailers like Best Buy extended online sales to discourage typical Black Friday crowds, since COVID-19 can spread quickly in large groups. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention classified shopping on or after Thanksgiving as a “high risk” activity due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases across the country. 

The US recorded record-high single-day coronavirus case counts and deaths in the days leading up to Thanksgiving.

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Stores and malls across the country had significantly fewer crowds than Black Fridays in prior years, according to photos and reports on the ground. Macy’s flagship store in Manhattan, New York City, for instance, had a few shoppers in the morning, a stark contrast to the claustrophobia-inducing crowd on Thanksgiving Day, 2019.

But the CDC warning could not deter all shoppers. Here’s what crowded lines looked like on Black Friday 2020:

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