LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDKY) – The tradition of Black Friday has changed throughout the years, with fewer doorbusters and weeklong sales.
But, this year, the changes are much more prominent because of the pandemic.
Fayette Mall is still expecting shoppers this year, but they’re not sure how many.
Spokesperson Sarah Robinson says the mall has adjusted hours this year. It will open its doors at 7 a.m. on Black Friday with extended hours throughout the holiday season so people can space out their trips.
The mall has also increased cleaning, especially in high touch areas and shoppers have to wear masks while they’re inside.
Several retailers are already offering Black Friday deals online and in stores.
While they aren’t expecting lines outside of the building, there could be some lines inside if stores reach their maximum capacity, which are still limited.
“I would encourage people to plan the stores you want to go to first, so you can try to avoid some of the lines that may occur later in the day,” Robinson said. “And then, also know that we may have some line entertainment just for fun. Socially distance contactless line entertainment on Black Friday. You may see a magician walking around, maybe the Black Friday fairy godmother.”
Good news for the kids. Santa will still be at the mall this year, but he will have contactless visits.
Fayette Mall will once again be closed on Thanksgiving Day, a tradition that started five years ago.