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Hamilton urging retailers not to hold in-person Black Friday sales

Though a slew of Black Friday sales are launching to tempt locals as the holiday season approaches, the City of Hamilton is urging retailers and residents to avoid in-person sales and shopping as much as possible as COVID-19 cases continue heading in the wrong direction.

Mayors and Chairs from the 11 largest municipal governments across the Greater and Hamilton Area (GTHA) met Monday to discuss the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 across our regions.

In the interest of discouraging crowds while much of the GTHA is in the red zone or lockdown currently, the Mayors and Chairs are urging that retailers who still remain open for in-person shopping should nonetheless announce that they will not be hosting in-person sales for Black Friday, instead encouraging an online shopping approach.

Similarly, residents are urged to shop online or use contactless curbside pickup whenever possible for Black Friday sales and holiday shopping.

“With the current public health measures in place, I urge community members to stay home as much as possible to slow the spread of this virus. While retail stores in Hamilton remain open under the red category of the provincial COVID-19 Response Framework, please continue to support local businesses safely by shopping online and utilizing the curbside pickup or delivery option,” said Hamilton’s Mayor Fred Eisenberger.

“Now more than ever, we need to support local businesses and at the same time, continue to put our trust in the health experts by following all recommendations including staying home whenever possible, restricting all social gatherings to only immediate household members, wearing a mask and washing our hands.”

Read the full release on the city website.

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