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Lines form for Black Friday while health officials urge for caution

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A line forms outside of the Columbia Best Buy


The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services released guidance ahead of the busy shopping season.

The department advised both customers and employees to stay at home if they're sick or have been exposed to COVID-19.

The county asked residents to avoid visibly large crowds when social distancing may be difficult, take advantage of curbside pick-up or delivery options and use contactless payment options if possible.

The guidance goes on to suggest shoppers bring hand sanitizer while they are shopping and to bring their own disinfectant wipes for shopping carts.

Boone County also has guidance for retailers. The county is encouraging staff and employees stay home if sick or have been exposed to COVID-19.

The Health Department is also asking retailers to consider hosting sales over multiple days to reduce the number of people in the building at one time.

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Ben Fein

Ben Fein is a multimedia journalist for ABC 17 News. You can usually see his reports on weekend mornings or weekdays at 5, 6 and 6:30 p.m. on KMIZ.


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  1. Since there are no facts to support their position, the obvious goal of the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services is to continue and increase their own authority. The infection/fatality rate in Missouri has been constant for a few weeks at 0.013%, which is well within the boundaries of ordinary influenza. COVID has failed to meet the requirements for a pandemic, since it has not increased overall world wide deaths from all causes this year over last year. Apparently, we are being asked to sacrifice our liberty and prosperity on the altar of failing medical institutions, that can’t manage to secure enough hospital beds to accommodate a rather ordinary virus. The 1918 Spanish Flu did qualify as a pandemic, yet did not inflict the economic, social, and psychological damage we have suffered at the hands of COVID “experts”.

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