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Last updated on Nov 17th, 2020 at 04:50 pm

Black Friday is one of South Africa’s biggest shopping days. In the past, we have seen stampedes, campouts and even injuries all in the name of saving some money.

In light of the current pandemic, Black Friday will be different this year. Here is how you can keep yourself and your family safe while you save.

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Save from home

We’ve worked from home, went to school from home and even had our meetings and parties from the comfort and safety of our own homes.
Online shopping is nothing new, but this year it is your safest option when it comes to avoiding crowds and busy malls.
Expect delays, crashing sites and the usual Black Friday online mayhem and more since more shoppers will be bringing the frenzy online.

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Take advantage of extended deals

Most retailers have anticipated the Black Friday rush and for the safety of their employees and customers, extended Black Friday deals to more than just one day.

This means we can pace ourselves and try to avoid the crowds. Go to the shops in the evening and where possible before actual Black Friday especially if you’re worried that stock will be sold out further on in the sale.

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Bring your own sanitiser

During busy times, stores often run out of sanitiser .which means not only are you not sanitising as you go in but also that some of the people inside the store looking through the same items you will be looking through haven’t sanitised their hands either.

Bring your own sanitiser and use it often to prevent transferring germs and possible infection from one store or item to the other and yourself.

Avoid malls

Going to a mall can sometimes mean standing close to other people in a closed-off area, instead visit shopping centres where store doors open into an open-air parking space.

This not only lowers your risk of COVID-19 infection but, is also just more pleasant.

Most stores will be limiting the number of people allowed inside the store at one time in line with safety regulations which means more people will be waiting outside the stores queuing to get inside, the queuing inside to pay and get outside again.

READ MORE: What causes COVID-19 airborne transmissions indoors?

Don’t bring the kids

While having a queuing partner to either keep you company or take turns waiting in line is a good idea, you should leave the children at home.

Children are less likely to be able to keep their masks on for long periods especially when they are bored tired and irritable.

 

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