GameStop has been ordered by state officials to close its stores after defying US government lockdown orders claiming it was providing an “essential service”.
All of the video game retailer’s stores in Massachusetts have now been closed, including its curbside service, after being issued a nuisance order by authorities, according to the Boston Globe.
The US state ordered all non-essential retailers to close their stores on March 24, but GameStop told staff in a memo that “we believe GameStop is classified as essential retail and therefore is able to remain open during this time”.
After facing huge pressure from both officials and the public, GameStop partially relented and stopped the public being allowed into stores continued to run a curbside pickup service for digital orders.
Bizarrely, employees were instructed by management to “tape a GameStop plastic bag over your hand and arm” while handing items out the door to customers, the Boston Globe reported.
While its operations in Massachusetts and California, where GameStop faced further scrutiny from the state’s governor, have completely stopped, its unclear how many stores across the US continue a roadside service.