“We arrived here at 4:30 yesterday,” said Anthony Yates of Northeast Philadelphia, who was waiting in front of GameStop in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, to pick up a PlayStation 5.
An inscription outside the store says that there are two Sony PlayStation 5 systems and six Xbox.
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“Every stop of the game is like that. People started camping yesterday,”
Although the pandemic closed major retailers for Thanksgiving, that doesn’t stop people from camping before Black Friday. Yates says they do what they can to be safe.
“So we’re taking precautions. We’re not ignoring this. It’s a pandemic. We’re doing everything that’s socially responsible, but we’re just going to wait,” Jason said.
The traditional start of the holiday shopping season looks different as cases continue to climb.
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In Philadelphia’s Love Park, a Christmas Village was inaugurated with pandemic protocols, including half of vendors to curb crowds, a limited number of people in the open food court, and ambassadors to a social alienation site.
“There are people who work and tell you which way to go. There are hand sanitizers everywhere. Everyone stays away,” said Megan Flynn of Port Richmond.
Big box vendors like Walmart and Best Buy – which are usually open for Thanksgiving – look mostly empty on Thursday nights, but are ready for crowds on Black Friday.
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