Many Quebecers took advantage of Black Friday to visit shopping centers, where it was sometimes difficult to respect physical distancing despite the surveillance of security agents and some police officers.
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“There are a lot more people than I thought, and then when we walk [dans les allées], it is almost impossible to respect the two meters, even in some stores. I can’t wait to go out because I’m not very comfortable, ”explains Assia, a 45-year-old mother who met Friday at Carrefour Laval.
In this shopping center on the North Shore, it was almost impossible to respect physical distancing. Several crowds sometimes obstructed the passage, even after warnings from security guards and police.
Eight agents from the Laval Police Department (SPL) were on the scene to enforce health measures.
« On [a] concentrated agents at Carrefour Laval because there are really too many people and a lot of people who do not respect [les consignes] », Says Lieutenant Jean-François Gignac, media relations officer for the SPL.
He adds that a lot of warnings have been issued.
For her part, Josée, 42, noticed that some also had trouble with the face covering.
“We still see some people still wearing their mask below their nose. That’s why we stop to take breaks in less busy places, ”she explains.
Not the same everywhere
On the Promenades St-Bruno side, on the South Shore, customers were far from jostling each other.
For Pascale Poudrette, from Boucherville, who came to stock up on LEGOs and gifts for her three boys, the game was not worth the candle when leaving Toys “R” Us.
“I’ve been taking Black Friday off for several years to do my holiday shopping, but this year the discounts are much less aggressive than in previous years. The in-store specials were pretty much the ones already posted, so there weren’t really any more deals on site, ”she observed.
Some queues in Montreal
On Sainte-Catherine Street in Montreal, customers were also fewer than usual. Some stores were nevertheless successful at the opening since several hours in a row stood out in front of their storefront, respecting the two meters.
A sign that we are still in a time of pandemic: everyone wore their mask, even online outside.
“I was a little scared. I told myself that for sure I would have my mask. But everyone has their own little bottle of Purell. The police come to see us every 2-3 hours, ”said a young man who had been in line since 5:00 pm Thursday evening to be one of the first to take advantage of the shattering discounts in a clothing and shoe store.
– With the QMI Agency