Black Friday looks different for Pittsburgh-area shoppers this year

Black Friday looked different in the Pittsburgh area this year, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.There were fewer shoppers and lines early in the morning, though some people did venture out in search of deals.Malls and stores made changes to their hours, opening later or staying closed on Thanksgiving. Many were also offering more sales online to encourage consumers to do shopping from home.Due to the pandemic, the Tanger Outlets in Washington County were not open on Thanksgiving for the first time in 12 years.Instead, the outlets welcomed Black Friday shoppers at 6 a.m.”You couldn’t really walk anywhere. There were people everywhere — lines wrapping around the building,” said Brandon Taylor, of Pittsburgh. “But now you see there are only four people in line.”Mayson Elza, of Fairmont, West Virginia, was the first shopper in line at the Michael Kors outlet store.”I definitely think it’s more scattered out,” she said. “There’s not as many people, and they’re more, like, distanced around the stores and stuff.”Masks are required, as is social distancing.”Every store has their own protocol,” general manager Nicole Baculik said. “A lot of them are handing out a mask to people. A lot of them are asking you to use hand sanitizer before you enter the store.”

Black Friday looked different in the Pittsburgh area this year, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

There were fewer shoppers and lines early in the morning, though some people did venture out in search of deals.

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Malls and stores made changes to their hours, opening later or staying closed on Thanksgiving.

Many were also offering more sales online to encourage consumers to do shopping from home.

Due to the pandemic, the Tanger Outlets in Washington County were not open on Thanksgiving for the first time in 12 years.

Instead, the outlets welcomed Black Friday shoppers at 6 a.m.

“You couldn’t really walk anywhere. There were people everywhere — lines wrapping around the building,” said Brandon Taylor, of Pittsburgh. “But now you see there are only four people in line.”

Mayson Elza, of Fairmont, West Virginia, was the first shopper in line at the Michael Kors outlet store.

“I definitely think it’s more scattered out,” she said. “There’s not as many people, and they’re more, like, distanced around the stores and stuff.”

Masks are required, as is social distancing.

“Every store has their own protocol,” general manager Nicole Baculik said. “A lot of them are handing out a mask to people. A lot of them are asking you to use hand sanitizer before you enter the store.”