The Black Friday bonanza has begun across the United States with shoppers lining up across parts of the country as retailers pin their hopes on a surge after months of slumping sales and businesses toppling into bankruptcy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In normal times, Black Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year, drawing millions of shoppers eager to get started on their holiday spending. But these are not normal times: The economy is tanking and crowds are expected to be dramatically diminished as COVID-19 cases spike across the county and shoppers do more of their purchases online. From Walmart Inc to Best Buy, retailers have overhauled Black Friday shopping, with some assigning clerks in orange vests to serve as traffic cops, taking shoppers' temperatures and offering 'grab-and-go' merchandise, including toys, bikes and kitchen appliances to discourage lingering in store aisles. The lines were already forming late on Thanksgiving night and early this morning across the country with shoppers camping out in the likes of La Grange, Kentucky and Orlando, Florida.
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