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The coronavirus pandemic is keeping crowds thin at malls and stores across the country on Black Friday, which is notorious for large crowds. (Nov. 27)

AP Domestic

LAS CRUCES – Reyna Espinoza and her husband usually avoid big box stores the day after Thanksgiving.

“This year will be our first time in 20 years (buying during Black Friday) because we don’t like it,” Reyna said while the couple waited in line Friday outside of the Walmart on Walton Boulevard.

Why take advantage of the Black Friday deals in person this year of all years?

In New Mexico, stores must limit their capacity inside to help mitigate the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. That means no crowds, no pushing, no fighting inside.

“We thought since they’re only letting some people in it would be OK,” she said.

Still,