Black Friday in Baton Rouge: New expectations for the holiday shopping season

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) —- If you are planning to do some holiday shopping, this year’s experience will look a lot different because of COVID-19.

The traditional Black Friday experience and bustling crowds will be smaller because of Louisiana’s new Phase 2 restrictions.

The pandemic means online doorbuster deals are being offered a lot earlier than ever before.
Also, some small local businesses hit especially hard by the pandemic are getting creative to attract shoppers, too.

“For Black Friday with us now being in Phase two we will actually have someone standing outside counting to make sure we are at the max capacity and and we don’t go over that 50% off. We also have standing circles on the floor so that people know where to stand to make sure they are six fee apart,” said Kirsten Boxie, Visual Assistant Manager at Altar’d State.

Major chains like Target, Walmart and Best Buy have also been offering Black Friday deals earlier in an effort to keep customers shopping.

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