Since most of us have been going crazy staying at home the last 8 months because of COVID, I think many of us will be going out to holiday shop this year. Moms and Dads may find it relaxing getting away from the kids for a little while.

Here are the CDC recommendations for shopping safely. The CDC also reminds everyone that they should evaluate the risks before heading out.

As communities and businesses are opening, you may be looking for ways to resume some daily activities as safely as possible. While there is no way to ensure zero risk of infection, it is important to understand potential risks and how to adopt different types of prevention measures to protect yourself and to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

If you're going out holiday shopping, check your favorite stores website because odds are they will have extended holiday hours. Plus make sure you download their app for extra savings.

I thinks it's a good idea to maybe do some online shopping and hit some local stores. Spreading our money around will help the whole economy. If you do decide to go out, here are some precautions you can take according to the CDC:

  • Wear masks in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

  • Use social distancing (stay at least 6 feet away from others).

  • Use hand sanitizer after leaving stores.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when you get home.

The bottom line is: be safe and be smart while doing your holiday shopping this year.

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