The Centers for Disease Control’s list of higher-risk activities for spreading Covid-19 includes “going shopping in crowded stores just before, on, or after Thanksgiving.”
The C.D.C. included the note about shopping in its guidance for holiday celebrations this fall. “Shopping online rather than in person on the day after Thanksgiving or the next Monday” was listed among lower-risk activities.
The encouragement to shop online and avoid crowded stores fits with retailers’ own plans in this unusual year, as they confront fearful customers and capacity restrictions. Retailers have worked to spread out demand and manage crowds and shipments, including by offering deep discounts on many key items back in October. Most major chains were closed on Thanksgiving this year after years of being open on the holiday.