Critics have argued that workers should be at home with their families on Thanksgiving instead.
Over the last several years, public pressure on retailers to close on Thanksgiving has faded. Workers’ rights groups have instead focused on broader issues such as the minimum wage, benefits and schedules.
Some states, including Massachusetts, Maine and Rhode Island, have prohibited big-box stores from opening on Thanksgiving. A California legislator proposed a law in 2016 that would have required some companies to pay employees double for working on Thanksgiving, but it did not pass.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says shoppers should avoid “going shopping in crowded stores just before, on, or after Thanksgiving” to prevent the spread of coronavirus.