In an interview with Kotaku, GameStop employees confirmed that the company will be cancelling release events for the foreseeable future. As such, the midnight releases for Doom Eternal and Animal Crossing: New Horizons this week will be cancelled. This of course is to exercise precaution worldwide with the current Coronavirus pandemic. GameStop will also be shutting down in-store demo stations as well as instruct employees on further store sanitation.
This came to fruition after many employees expressed to the company a lack of sanitation in their stores, Kotaku states. GameStop stores are incredibly small spaces with items that get handled by customers thousands of times a day. Employees feel like they are not given the proper cleaning supplies in order to combat the Coronavirus pandemic. Workers were also the ones to felt unsafe holding release events that would gather large amounts of people.
While GameStop has issued instructions for workers to wash their hands every two hours and keep their registers sanitized, employees claim that the company is making no effort to supply stores with sanitation equipment. Workers are expected to pick up these supplies locally, despite the probability that many stores are sold out of these types of products. The company has said no more on the topic publicly.
Doom Eternal and Animal Crossing: New Horizons will still be available for purchase and preorder pickup in stores on Friday, March 20th.