Gamestop still refuses to close, despite CDC warnings



In the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic, most non-essential businesses have elected to close their doors -cooperating with their country's recommendations for 'social distancing'. Not Gamestop though.

Earlier this week, Gamestop managers received a memo from the corporate, stating the following:

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.
The video game retailer has even set guidelines for what to tell concerned law enforcement:
We have received reports of local authorities visiting stores in an attempt to enforce closure despite our classification. Store Managers are approved to provide the document linked below to law enforcement as needed.
We haven't been able to get access to the document in question, but multiple reports suggest the document directs law enforcement to contact Gamestop's corporate headquarters.

Gamers are not happy

The public is not taking Gamestop's decision well. Gamestop's actions are met with almost anonymous negative reception online, with gamers concluding that the game retailer's decision was motivated by greed.

Twitter users have always hated gamestop, but now their anger is compounded by legitimate concerns about the coronavirus.




Not only that, but Gamestop has been telling some store managers that they won't be able to close until this coming Saturday, according to some Reddit users. 



Not all reception of Gamestop's decision has been negative though. Some have argued that Gamestop has the right to stay open, unless there is a mandatory shutdown.


Though most "essential" businesses in the United States -such as grocery stores, and drug stores- remain open, non-essential businesses like 'video game retail stores' are facing incredible pressure to remain closed during the outbreak. Gamestop, however, has made it clear that they want to stay open, regardless of the potential health risks.

March 20th is the release date of the year's most anticipated games; Animal Crossing on the Nintendo Switch, and Doom Eternal on multiple platforms. This could mean packed stores, resulting in the exact opposite of social distancing. 

We asked Gamestop support if stores would stay open in areas with mandatory shelter-in-place orders, but we did not get an immediate reply.
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