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Stores say it’s business as usual for Black Friday

News 11's Gianella Ghiglino finds out how coronavirus will impact holiday shopping in the Valley

CALEXICO, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) - As coronavirus cases climb in California, many may wonder how they'll get their holiday shopping done. But as of now, the Calexico Outlets remains open and ready for business.

It's unclear whether Gov. Gavin Newsom will impose further restrictions on non-essential businesses. He's already issued a travel advisory for out-of-state travelers. It requires them to quarantine for 14-days after arriving in California. Travel restrictions also remain in place along the border

The manager of perfume store in the mall says that's cut into her business.

“The sales here are moved by Mexicali, 99 percent of the customers here are from Mexicali and so right now the line is closed for them right now and it's totally different now, a lot slower but like I told you, I am just waiting until everything falls into place,” said Mararea, Perfumes 4 U manager. 

Mararea hopes Black Friday will attract customers.

“Okay, masks are required, and in this store, we cannot have more than six people at a time so there will be distance, we have gloves and hand sanitizer and the paper they get to smell perfume they will dispose of it themselves and us for each client we help we wash our hands.”

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Gianella Ghiglino

Peruvian-born and LA raised Gianella Ghiglino joins the team from the San Fernando valley. “LA is the place that taught me how to breath and Peru is my breath.” She says she was inspired by the community she grew up in and began documenting her experience through poetry at the age of 7. “I wrote about everything I saw, felt and everything that inspired me.” When she entered High School she joined her school news station and realized that broadcast journalism allowed her to pursue her passion and her purpose all at once. Gianella attended Cal State Northridge and received a Bachelors degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish Broadcast Journalism, and Political Science. She did several internships while in College but most notably interned for PBS’s local LA station for three years. “My purpose is to share my story and of those in my community, my passion is writing.”

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