Shoppers discussing their safety during the pandemic

Reporter: Andrea Guerrero Writer: Drew Hill
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Black Friday saw some full parking lots and those making the best of their shopping experience during the pandemic. What made 2020’s Black Friday unique was the mask-wearing.

Natalia Guerra goes shopping with her mom every year. “We always go and it’s something fun seeing all the deals and just shopping,” said Guerra.

They were waiting outside a store because many only let a limited number of people inside. Which, isn’t something either of them are used to. Yet, they do appreciate it.

“Everyone has to wear a mask inside and they have hand sanitizer everywhere, but it’s still kind of worrisome because people are touching things and then you’re touching and looking,” said Guerra.

Guerra knew she wasn’t going to have her normal Black Friday shopping experience but she knew the deals were too good to pass up.

“I thought it would be less full maybe because of COVID, but I guess not even the virus can stop people still wanting to come,” Guerra said.

Andrew Fisher is visiting SWFL from Ohio. “This is a first time thing we typically avoid it,” Fisher said.

In Ohio, there’s a 10 p.m. curfew in place to keep people away from each other. Which is the polar opposite of Florida. “Not bad, the crowds aren’t horrible. Some stores are pretty bad, but for the most part it’s in and out no problem,” Fisher said.

Hopefully, that means no sign of COVID-19 either.

Miromar Outlets is staying open until 9 p.m. tonight. Many other stores are open even later to draw in shoppers who have largely stayed away due to coronavirus.

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