DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — With the holiday season here, many people are shopping online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but many others are still shopping in person for their holiday gifts.
Dothan Police and the Houston County Health Department gave tips on how to keep both your purchases and your health safe.
“Think of areas in your car that you can hide stuff to where they’re not easily visible if I were to look in,” Dothan Police Lieutenant Scott Owens said.
With the low prices on more expensive items, Owens explained that if you are planning on going out, make sure you are taking precautions with your purchases after leaving the store.
“You know lock your doors, find ways to hide your things,” Owens said. “If at all possible, you know, take (a) half time of your shopping expedition and go home and offload some items.”
On the hand of health, the Health Department is reminding citizens to take COVID-19 precautions and use alternative shopping options.
“Wear your mask and distance,” Houston County Health Administrator Corey Kirkland said. “Take advantage of the store’s hand sanitizing a lot of them have put them at the doors and in other places in the stores.
“Sanitize your buggies. Those kinds of things will go a long way to making your shopping experience safe but also those around you.”
He also said to utilize the curbside pick up many stores have and to shop online whenever possible.
So remember for Black Friday shopping: wear a mask, keep a distance from others, and use the sanitizer stations.