Holiday shopping looks a little different this year — like everything else — due to the pandemic.

If you’re shopping in person, try to avoid crowds, bring hand sanitizer with you and wear that mask. Pre-game by checking out local shop Facebook pages and websites for gift ideas and special shopping events.

With El Paso and Teller counties now in stricter Safe At Home levels as of last week, the impact on businesses is going to be even greater through the holiday shopping season and beyond. The holidays are typically boon to businesses, but this year the end-of-year sales are more important than ever to the bottom line.