Indigo is closing all of their bookstores across Canada until March 27th at the soonest, although the bookseller says it will likely extend the closure. “The health and safety of our families, employees, customers, and communities has always been our top priority,” said Heather Reisman, CEO of Indigo Books & Music, in a statement. “As this situation continues to evolve, we believe that this temporary shutdown is an opportunity to join Team Canada and do our part to control the spread of COVID-19.”
In order to continue to sell books, Indigo has said they are providing free shipping for all online orders through March 31. There is no minimum purchase required, although this excludes international and remote areas and heavy and oversized products.
Indigo currently employs 7,000 people and operates 90 full-scale stores and 120 small-format stores. All of the employees will continue to be fully paid during the closure.
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