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Shoppers making last-minute holiday purchases despite calls to stay home

PITTSBURGH — Despite calls to stay home, many shoppers came out of isolation to make last-minute holiday purchases on Wednesday.

A line of customers formed outside of Wholey’s in the Strip District by the early morning, as folks made sure they had the necessary produce for their Christmas cooking.

Elsewhere, people ventured out to retail stores as well, picking up last-minute gifts.

The Tanger Outlets in Washington started seeing a lot of foot traffic by noon, as customers flocked for deals and discounts.

Stores required masks and many had capacity limits posted.

Shoppers said they made the majority of their Christmas purchases online. Data shows online shopping spiked in 2020.

Jackie Rose of South Fayette said she only came out to buy a couple of items that were set to ship after the holiday.

She and other customers said they felt safe, as the vast majority of people were observed following guidelines.

“Everybody’s practicing safe distancing and being safe with the mask,” Rose said.