GAME stores to reopen next week, three-day quarantine for trade-ins

The UK’s biggest video games chain will start to repoen next week but there will be significant restrictions as a result of the coronavirus.

GAME is preparing to reopen its stores in England and Northern Ireland from Monday, 15 June. There’s no date yet for when stores in Scotland will be back but Welsh shops will be open from Thursday, 18 June.

As with most stores, no matter what they sell, only a limited number of people will be allowed in a shop at once and they will not be allowed to browse, so as to help maintain the two-meter social distancing rule.

The biggest change will be how trade-ins work, with every game that’s dropped off subject to a three-day quarantine rule.

‘We are asking the customers to place their products they are wanting to trade in on the counter and advising customers to step back while the staff member picks the items up and checks the products,’ reads an email sent to customers.

‘All trade-in products will be wiped clean with alcohol wipes. All the traded in stock will be isolated for three days before going out on sale.’

GAME staff will be provided with PPE gear, including masks and face guards, and there will be Perspex screens at tills.

Customers will be encouraged to use the Click and Collect service and contactless payments, in order to minimise the chance of contagion.

All of this is likely to be fairly standard for any shop opening up in the next few weeks, with only GAME’s trade-in facility complicating matters. Although their Belong esports venues will remain closed until further notice.

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