Walmart, Target, Best Buy are closed Thanksgiving amid COVID-19, while CVS and Walgreens are open. See the list.

For the last decade, Black Friday in-store sales have continued to creep into Thanksgiving, eating into time people used to spend around the holiday table.

Walmart was the first to announce in July that it wouldn't open stores on Thanksgiving for the first time since the late 1980s and others including Target and Best Buy quickly followed saying it was a way to support and protect employees in a trying year.

The holiday shopping season got off to an earlier start and sales are lasting longer as retailers look to spread demand and reduce crowds.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention classified “shopping at crowded stores just before, on or after Thanksgiving” on a list of higher-risk activities to avoid and in guidance issued ahead of the fall holidays also suggested more online shopping.

Because of state laws, Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island stores will remain closed Thanksgiving.

Stores in some areas could also have varied hours because of local or state restrictions amid the pandemic.

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