Black Friday shopping during COVID-19

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Local businesses have begun to prepare for a COVID-19 Black Friday.

Many people across the country look forward to Black Friday as a time to find the deals of the year. COVID-19 complicates shopping, but local businesses in Vigo County hope people will shop with them this year.

“I think it could have a really bad impact on your local economy due to the lack of people going out to the brick and mortars and shopping at your local business,” stated Corey’s Fine Footwear general manager Andrew Rossington. “It’s so important especially in this type of pandemic to support. Three and a half times your dollars re-invested back into the community that supports you.”

Stephanie Snider, co-owner Paisley Pistol says though they have not decided on hours but they will be open for Black Friday as well as on small business Saturday. This store will move to extended hours for the holiday season.

“We want to make certain we keep it smaller because I know that Governor (Eric) Holcomb wants to keep things at a smaller number of people.” explained Snider.

As COVID-19 numbers continue to rise, owners are hoping they can continue to remain open during the holiday season and not have to deal with another shutdown.

“We certainly pray that does not happen because it has been very very difficult and it’s extremely difficult on small business. We rely on people,” stated Snider.

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