Shoppers encouraged to still wear masks as busy holiday shopping season begins


GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – North Carolina’s new mask mandate was in full effect Friday as people traditionally begin what is typically the busiest time of the year for shopping.

However, this year, many people chose shopping online over in-person because of the coronavirus pandemic. For those still out looking for Black Friday deals, masks were legally required.

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“A lot of the stores are still open, having Black Friday deals and food specials, things like that, which would encourage more people to go out as opposed to shopping online,” said CarolinaEast Medical Center nurse Jennifer Sheldon.

Health experts in eastern North Carolina continue encouraging everyone to wear their masks over the holidays. Currently, more than 11.5 million Americans have tested positive for COVID-19, with a quarter-million deaths. Here in North Carolina, nearly 1,800 people are hospitalized with the virus, overwhelming hospitals.

It’s these numbers that have health experts and state officials making such strides to encourage and enforce people to wear a mask, wash your hands and stay socially distanced from others.

“If you’re sick, stay home,” Sheldon said. “Wash your hands, that’s a pretty easy one. Take care of your family members, and try to make right choices for yourself.

“If you’re immuno-compromised and feel you shouldn’t be out, maybe try to find other ways to get groceries or do your shopping.”

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