Shoppers walk past a placard that states “Black Friday preview” at a Macy’s store as pre-Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday shopping accelerates at the King of Prussia Mall in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, November 22, 2019.
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As the holiday season approaches, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is adding a common annual tradition to its higher risk category: Shopping at crowded stores.
On Monday, the CDC issued new guidance that discouraged Americans from packing into malls or standing in long lines before, on or after Thanksgiving. It added that to a list of activities with a higher likelihood of contributing to the spread of the virus that causes Covid-19.
And, it noted, shopping online rather than in person on Black Friday or the days that follow are lower risk.
Retailers from Amazon to Target are trying to nudge Americans to start holiday shopping sooner and avoid