Last weekend, Nintendo's New York store released a message via its social media channels, explaining how it would be reducing store hours to combat the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) and protect its employees and guests.
Now, in light of recent developments and the advice of health experts, it's made the "difficult decision" to close for the foreseeable future, effective immediately. Here's the full message shared on the Nintendo New York store Twitter account:
Once again, it mentions how the "health and safety" of all its guests and employees is the greatest concern during these challenging times and that Nintendo.com is a great alternative to visit in the meantime.
Nintendo's New York store closure follows on from the news last Friday that an employee at Nintendo of America's headquarters in Redmond, Washington had tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Staff who came into contact with the individual were all in self-quarantine and Nintendo allowed its employees in Calfornia and Washington to work from home.
great and bad news but we all must do our part stay safe and clean my friends
I heard from my friend back in the US that in the US right now, if you aren't at risk from underlying medical conditions or over 60 years old, they wont actually test you for the virus.
Though they didn't say if it was just a Texas issue of if it's an issue nation wide.
It's an issue nationwide. The rot goes from the head down and this time it's gangrenous.
@Heavyarms55 it’s 65, actually. They are supposed to correct it by the end of this week, but they’ve been promising that for a while now. There are is a shortage of tests
@Heavyarms55 It's definitely a wide-spread problem in the USA, and it's really frustrating.
I really hurt for the people in the face to face customer service industry as for many of them they are being sent home without pay or laid off. My job just announced we have to work from home while my mother who is over 65 doesn’t have that option. I know it’s just the difference in jobs but it doesn’t seem fair. Stay safe everyone.
@Cevil Just because it wont kill you doesn't make it not a serious illness. Anyone can still get sick and not taking precautions is would only make things worse. What do you think would happen if millions of people got seriously ill?
Even if everyone survived and there was a death rate of zero what do you think millions of people getting sick would do to the economy? How much strain would that put on the medical system?
This is effecting us all over. Right now we are getting some great snow but I can't go out to any of the ski resorts because they are all closed due to the virus. Just about everything non-essential is getting shut down it seems.
@Cevil This mentality is going to kill so many people >_<
@JayJ You say that and yet restaurants like the one I work at stay open because being asymptomatic or not means a lot apparently.
Good decision. I'm glad I don't live in a place like NYC in a time like this.
I am not scared, I just installed Norton and Mcafee.
Times are changing, no more social networking. Social distancing is the new trend.
Even people are losing work hours because of this. How are we supposed to pay for our phones for "the forseeable future"?
In before Nintendo releases a statement:
Due to the nature of the Coronavirus. We made the difficult decision to delay the release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons until further notice, as we value the safety of our consumers. We will announce a new date when timing is right.
Maybe more a sensible thing to do rather than difficult.
Since more of us will be in some sort of lock down for a while, this is a time for more new game releases. Something Nintendo sees as difficult rather than sensible
I have a friend in New York at the minute, I asked him to find the Nintendo World Store and take some pics for me, which he did just two days ago. I hope you’re all taking precautions and sitting tight, take care everyone.
You clearly don't understand what makes the virus so infectious and widespread.
Trust me, if we could end the pandemic simply by quarantining all the old folks while allowing everyone else to live normal lives, we would have done so already.
I'm Italian and I can say that if there's anything good about the abysmal attitude people have faced coronavirus with, it's that it should be an example to all other nitwits out there who think they can do whatever they want.
People going out like nothing happened is exactly what the coronavirus needs to spread.
This was going to happen, it was only a matter of time.
My post from Sunday:
NYC seems to be getting closer to shutting down "all nonessential personnel" so whether they are open or not, there aren't going to be too many people in that store at any hour.
My guess is a lot of people in that store are tourists, and those numbers seem to be shrinking as well.
I predict that w/in 2-3 days this article gets updated, or there's another article, saying the store is closed until further notice. Maybe by the end of today.
I'm in the suburbs and in the past hour all schools were notified they'll be closed 2 weeks and my sons Kummooyeh class is canceled until further notice. People thought sports shutting down was the ending, but it looks more like the beginning now.
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