One of the UK's biggest gaming retailers reopens next week, but staff are concerned about the company's approach to social distancing. According to a report from Eurogamer, CEX employees were hoping the company would follow GAME in quarantining stock, but this does not appear to be the case.
Yesterday, GAME announced that as part of its reopening strategy, traded in games would be cleaned and quarantined for 72 hours before being available for repurchase. The store is also not allowing customers to browse inside the store, instead relaying their purchase requests to in-store staff.
According to Eurogamer, staff at CEX have seen no evidence of similar measures at their stores. Customers will be allowed to browse the shop floor, and limits on customer numbers are said to exceed two dozen. Stock will be cleaned at the end of each day, but staff are concerned this process could take "hours upon hours" due to "incredibly high touch rates" and large numbers of cases on display. Gloves, masks, and hand sanitiser will be provided to staff, although they will not be required to wear them.
GAME and CEX stores in England will reopen on June 15, with shops elsewhere in the UK to follow in the future.