CDC Discourages In-Person Holiday Shopping

Due to risk of infection from COVID-19, the CDC warns about the risks of shopping this holiday season.

Black Friday, one of the nation’s largest shopping days of the year, usually brings thousands of Americans to crowd big box stores and purchase items for dramatically low prices. 

But you might want to rethink your Black Friday plans this year as the Center for Disease Control warns Americans about the health risks associated with shopping in-person this holiday season.

The CDC released a series of risk levels that rate the dangers of holiday activities including Thanksgiving dinner and Halloween trick-or-treating. These recommendations come as coronavirus cases are spiking across the country. Among the many risk-filled activities, the CDC repeats the dangers of shopping in-person. 

“Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others,” the CDC’s website reads. “Shopping online rather than in person on the day after Thanksgiving or the next Monday.”

Black Friday is not the only annual holiday event to be discouraged. The CDC also released a number of ideas for parents to take trick-or-treating indoors. Among these ideas include hiding candy throughout the house or holding a Halloween movie night.

Other events such Thanksgiving and Día de los Muertos received the red flag from the CDC. These holiday festivities iconically bring thousands of Americans onto the roads traveling across the country to carve a turkey with family. Due to the risk travel brings to the spread of COVID-19, the CDC is discouraging it this year.

“Celebrating virtually or with members of your own household poses low risk for spread. In-person gatherings pose varying levels of risk,” the CDC’s website states.


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