Black Friday is known as the biggest shopping day of the year, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it will look different.

There is one thing for sure, COVID-19 is not canceling Black Friday. Many retailers rolled out Black Friday savings over the last few weeks and will continue to offer them to get you to shop. For this Black Friday, the deals are expected to be big, but you should also expect a big difference when it comes to your shopping experience.

Retailers have put measures in place to prevent big crowds and fights over those hard to get hot items.

“You’re going to see lines outside the door in some cases. Those aren’t because the people are waiting at 4 in the morning to pick up those doorbusters,” Sara Skirboll, a shopping and trends expert, said. “It’s because the retailers are really trying to implement safe safety standards and measures to keep the employees and the customers safe.”


At Target, you can check the website to see if there’s a line outside of the store. If there is, you can reserve your spot and you’ll get a text when it’s your turn to go in and shop. Here is more information on Target’s Save Your Spot program.

Also expect to see in retailers hand sanitizer, directional arrows to follow, stickers on the ground to make sure there’s enough social distancing at check out, and protective barriers at registers. When it comes to checking out, there will be more options.

“There will be contact-free check out on your app, you can check out with a sales associate at the door rather than standing at the register,”
Trae Bodge, another shopping and trend expert, said.


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