Video game store GameStop has classified itself as “essential retail” and will remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to a press release the company put out on Twitter, the store is taking several actions in order to lessen the spread of the virus within their stores.
These include limiting the number of people inside the store to 10 at maximum, reducing hours of operation from noon to 8:00 p.m. until March 29, suspending trade-in practices, disabling all interactive gaming stations, and encouraging customers to shop online.
The official statement on GameStop’s website says:
“While GameStop is best known as a provider of gaming and home entertainment systems, we also offer a wide array of products and devices that are important to facilitate remote work, distance learning, and virtual connectivity.
As millions of Americans face unprecedented challenges adapting to virtual learning, working and interaction, there is significant need for technology solutions and we are one of many providers of these products that are remaining open at this time.
Schools, businesses and families are now suddenly dependent on being able to connect through technology. While there are many businesses and organizations far more critical than ours, we believe we can have a positive impact during this very challenging time.
The health and safety of our employees and customers is of utmost importance and we have and will continue to take extensive precautions consistent with CDC guidelines. We are complying with all state, county, city and local ordinances and we will continue to adjust to any future developments.”
There are four GameStops near the Chattanooga area. One in Signal Mountain Village at the base of Signal Mountain, another in Towne Center North in Hixson, a third on Greenway View Drive and a fourth GameStop at Hamilton Place Mall.