Black Friday Shopping COVID-19 Styles
Black Friday, the one day from Christmases past when shoppers would wake up early to wait in line to grab the best deals, or to take advantage of special in-store only offers. COVID-19 has altered these Black Friday shopping traditions, but market trends project they will not cease altogether. At Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys, we have a few ideas on how to create new traditions to safely navigate Black Friday and avoid what the CDC categorizes as a higher-risk activity.
3 Options to Shop Safer on Black Friday
With COVID-19 cases on an upward trend in Louisiana, people should avoid in-person shopping on Black Friday, and even throughout the rest of the holiday season. We understand, however, that is not always a possible or even desirable option. As such, we’ve put together these three shopping options to help you and your loved ones shop safer this year.
Option 1: Shop online and have purchases delivered. There are many perks to shopping online. You won’t have to worry about getting into a car accident, the hassle of finding a parking space, or dealing with inclement weather. You also don’t have to carry around purchases from store to store and then back to your vehicle, just can have them shipped directly to your mailbox.
This option is definitely a safer way to maintain your social distance and helps reduce the risk of catching or spreading COVID-19 in Louisiana. Even so, you still need to take precautions to avoid catching an online virus, or falling victim to a cyber crime or fraudulent website.
Tips to shop safer online:
- Don’t use public wireless networks. Yes, it’s convenient to use a public Wi-Fi network. It’s also convenient for thieves to tap in and try to get your personal or credit card information.
- Be cautious and avoid using public computers. Keystroke-tracking software can easily be installed on public computers by thieves.
- Only shop on sites with “https” in the web address. More often than not, the “s” after “HTTP” means that a site is more secure. However, if something seems off about the site, don’t buy anything from it.
- Select PayPal or Amazon Pay as a payment option. Even if you take extra steps to assure the site is legitimate, you may still get scammed. Choosing to pay for purchases with PayPal or Amazon Pay gives you an extra layer of buyer protection.
Option 2: Shop online and select curbside pickup. To help save on shipping costs and keep store occupancy counts low, many large and small retailers offer curbside pick-up for online purchases. For those not familiar with curbside pickup, it usually works something like this: You place your order online, drive to the store and park in the designated pickup area, then contact the store by phone or mobile app to let them know you’ve arrived. A store associate will bring your order out to your car.
While this option reduces direct contact with crowds and potential slip and fall injuries from poorly maintained retail environments, you still need to be on the lookout for pedestrians and aggressive drivers.
Option 3: Wear a properly fitted mask for in-person shopping. If you do decide to visit one of the major shopping destinations this year such as Riverwalk and Lakeside Mall, make sure that you are wearing a properly fitted mask that covers both your nose and mouth. Also, follow any social distancing and occupancy limits posted. You should also be alert to unsecure merchandise or displays as they could fall on you. Additionally, be cautious around escalators, elevators, and staircases to avoid a major shopping-related injury.
Lastly, please stay home if you have a fever, cough, and/or are just not feeling well. Pampering yourself with a restful day at home is a priceless gift you can give to yourself while also protecting the well-being of others.
What to Do If You’re Injured On Black Friday
If you have suffered from Black Friday injuries in New Orleans due to the negligence or recklessness of another driver, shopper, or business, it’s important to understand your rights. You may be eligible for compensation depending on the circumstances and severity of your injuries.
Our professional and caring legal team is available around the clock, even on holidays, to assist clients who need legal help. Contact us today for a free consultation by calling us directly, chatting with a online representative, or submit a free case evaluation anytime.
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