GameStop Sends Memo To Staff To Stay Open During Lockdowns Because They’re ‘Essential Retail’


In an email sent to store managers Thursday and obtained by Kotaku and Vice, GameStop is telling store managers to push back against law enforcement demands to close stores during the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, as it deems itself as “essential retail.”

The Email points out: 

“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 reported memo reads.

The memo also mentions that “We have received reports of local authorities visiting stores in an attempt to enforce closure despite our classification,” and encourages the managers to tell authorities to call the company’s corporate office line.

GameStop employees have levied criticism against the company and its response to the pandemic on reddit and to sites like Vice and Polygon, with a leaked email telling workers to purchase their own supplies to clean stores.

State and city measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus, including state of emergencies, lockdowns and possible “shelter-in-place” directives, come with the distinction of essential and non-essential retail, with grocery stores, gas stations and pharmacies deemed essential and remaining open during the pandemic.

But other stores, say clothing companies like Nike, have been termed non-essential and have closed, and as reported by Forbes, Tesla’s Fremont, California, plant has run into issues of how it should be categorized, with Elon Musk pushing back against the guidance from the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department that it comply to shelter-in-place rules across the Bay Area.

The store remains open, enjoy.


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