We already know that how the coronavirus outbreak affected the world. It has its influence everywhere. From the gaming industry to the economy, social life, we can see its effect all over the place. Even the game retailers also facing problems, just like GameStop. But there is a serious problem. As the retailers are closing more stores, they are forcing their workers to use plastic bags as gloves. It is something that people need to know about.
COVID-19 Situation In The World
This pandemic situation in the world is getting worse. The current epicenter of the outbreak in Europe. A record number of people died in Italy and Spain. The whole world is now in Quarantine ad Home-isolation. The global economy is collapsing by every passing day.
GameStop is the world’s largest game retailer shop. Leonard Riggio, Daniel DeMatteo, and Richard Fontaine founded this American video game, consumer electronics and gaming merchandise retailer in 1984. GameStop has its shop in 5830 locations all over the world. Although they don’t provide worldwide service, only in France, Germany, New Zealand, the US, Switzerland, Italy, and a few other countries.
Issues That Workers Are Facing In GameStop
While all non-essential business is in pause due to the coronavirus outbreak, The GameStop kept their stores opens. After this news came out, CFO Jim Bell announced that the company will shut down 320 stores this year. Everyone is taking precautions these days, but it seems that GameStop authority doesn’t care about their employees’ safety that much. They forced their workers to use plastic bags as gloves while they are working in the stores.
We know that coronavirus spreads via respiratory droplets when an infected person sneezes or coughs. GameStop employees were forced to operate service and take orders at the door without opening it all the way. When this report spread out, the company representative Joey Mooring said that the health and safety of their customers and employees is its primary concern. So, they are going to start a new Delivery@Door pick-up service. Most importantly, they told their employees if they do not comfortable doing work, they can stay at home if needed.
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