- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention added shopping at crowded stores before, on or after Thanksgiving to its list of higher risk activities.
- Retailers are trying to nudge Americans to start holiday shopping sooner or buy more gifts online by extending their Black Friday deals and offering them online.
- The CDC said shopping online rather than in person on Black Friday or the days that follow are lower risk.
As the holiday season approaches, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is adding a common annual tradition to its higher risk category: Shopping at crowded stores.
On Monday, the CDC issued new guidance that discouraged Americans from packing into malls or standing in long lines before, on or after Thanksgiving. It added that to a list of activities with a higher likelihood of contributing to the