In the past few days, both Walmart and Target announced they would not be open on Thanksgiving this year. The decision is in response to the coronavirus, and the fact that the crowds that holiday-season sales draw would not be prudent. “Deal hunting and holiday shopping can mean crowded events, and this isn’t a year for crowds,” Target said in a statement.
There’s also a sense that in-store workers, overwhelmed with months of changing regulations and on-the-job hazards, collectively deserve a proper day off. Walmart noted this in its announcement. And Dick’s Sporting Goods, which also announced Thanksgiving Day closures, also extended its coronavirus pay increases through the end of the year, noting, “We will continue to do all we can to support [our employees] and show our gratitude.”