GameStop Claims it is ‘Essential Retail’ to Remain Open Amid Coronavirus Shutdowns
GameStop is telling its retail employees to keep stores open, even when local authorities are seeking to shut them down over coronavirus-related lockdowns. GameStop says it is instituting multiple social distancing practices in its stores by allowing 10 people in at a time; reducing its store hours; rolling out a delivery-at-door policy so customers can pick up orders outside the retail location; suspending trade-ins until March 29th; postponing all events and midnight launches, and disabling all in-store game stations.
The company said in a statement posted to its website, “GameStop is working diligently during this unprecedented time to provide our customers and associates with the safest environment possible. We are implementing changes to our retail operations so that we may continue to provide essential products to our customers that allow them to stay connected, and provide products that allow business and consumers to work remotely.”
GameStop also says it is providing all of its stores with the necessary supply of disinfectant materials and hand sanitizer and only allowing employees to remain home if they are sick and are experiencing any flu-like symptoms.
Employees were told that “due to the products we carry that enable and enhance our customers’ experience in working from home, we believe GameStop is classified as essential retail and therefore is able to remain open during this time.”