Consumption Day – In Lausanne, Black Friday makes people forget the coronavirus

Despite a still intense second wave, the stores in the city center of the Vaud capital were crowded this Friday, the discounts outweighing the fear of contracting the Covid-19.

A crowd of customers flock to the stores in downtown Lausanne.

Corentin Chauvel

Black Friday stronger than the coronavirus! It was enough to walk in the streets of downtown Lausanne this late Friday afternoon to realize this. All the shops, especially the clothing stores, were taken by storm, causing long queues.

Majority of adolescents and young adults

In front of the new Bershka branch on rue Saint-Laurent, the queue stretches for several tens of meters, mainly teenagers and young adults. Like Nadia, 21, who has just robbed four other stores before this one.

In the midst of this crowd, she is surprised. “It’s the first time I’ve seen so many people for a Black Friday, I wasn’t expecting it, there are even some stores that I haven’t been able to enter,” she says. If it remains “worried” by the health situation, the call for discounts was stronger. “When there are too many people, I don’t go in, I put on my mask, I disinfect my hands,” she explains, as if to reassure herself.

“I don’t really believe in the coronavirus”

A little further behind, Dulce, 24, is also “shocked” to see so many people. “No one respects anything when we are supposed to pay attention to health measures,” she laments. But the young woman does not feel concerned. Why? “I don’t really believe in the coronavirus.”

All the shops, especially the clothing stores, were taken by storm, causing long queues.

All the shops, especially the clothing stores, were taken by storm, causing long queues.

Corentin Chauvel


On the merchant side, despite this influx of customers, this does not mean that the profits will be as important as during a Black Friday without a pandemic. “In truth, there are not as many people as one would have been able to have in normal times, because of the limitation of the number of people imposed in the store,” explains the employee of a cosmetic store. However, she is betting that there will be even more people on Saturday.

In front of the Saint-Laurent church, a trio of placid police officers observe the comings and goings. We will come back to the barrier gestures, but the masks are put on the nose for everyone, they are satisfied calmly. Around them, the crowd hurries to finish their purchases before the stores close. Friday Covid Friday.

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